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2020/21 Digital Season
Plays from the Lantern Archives:
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles McMahon
STREAMING ON DEMAND
May 4 - 30, 2021
"ENCHANTING!" –The Wall Street Journal
With poetry that brings the roiling sea to heel, The Tempest examines what happens when one ruler is exiled, his successor washed up on shore, and both must choose between conflict and reconciliation. Can old grievances lead to new hope or are we compelled to repeat our past sins? In the great comic fable of his artistic maturity, Shakespeare explores how the choices we make lead to unexpected consequences. Power becomes magic. Exile leads to revenge. Love paves a path to reconciliation, and poetry triumphs over all.
The Tempest is part of Plays from the Lantern Archives, a new series celebrating some of the finest productions from recent Lantern seasons, brought vividly back to life on screen. This performance was professionally filmed with a live theater audience in April 2018.
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THE TEMPEST on THE LANTERN SEARCHLIGHT BLOG
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FROM THE ARCHIVES May Your Indulgence Set Me Free: Shakespeare's Farewell
Lantern Artistic Director Charles McMahon on The Tempest and what it tells us about Shakespeare's career.
FROM THE ARCHIVES Brave New World: The Tempest and Science Fiction
Shakespeare's tale of discovery, learning, and strangers is at home in a galaxy far, far away.
FROM THE ARCHIVES Artist Interview: Peter DeLaurier
The actor, director, and longtime Lantern artistic collaborator discusses his role of Prospero in The Tempest.
FROM THE ARCHIVES Shakespeare at the Crossroads of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
Though Shakespeare was writing during the Renaissance, his work owes much to medieval traditions.
FROM THE ARCHIVES Shakespeare's Tempests and the Sea Venture
The real events that inspired Shakespeare's shipwreck in The Tempest. Plus: a Shakespeare quiz.
FROM THE ARCHIVES British Exploration and The Tempest
Shakespeare created his enchanted island during a time of exploration and discovery for Great Britain.
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Chris Anthony as Ferdinand • Peter DeLaurier as Prospero • J Hernandez as Antonio / Caliban • Dave Johnson as Sebastian / Trinculo • John Lopes as Alonso • Bi Jean Ngo as Ariel • Ruby Wolf as Miranda • Frank X as Gonzalo / Stephano
THE CREATIVE TEAM
Lance Kniskern, Scenic Designer • Natalia de la Torre, Costume Designer • Shon Causer, Lighting Designer • Michael Kiley, Sound Designer & Composer • Ben Grinberg, Movement Director • Rebecca Smith, Stage Manager • Adam Phelan, Assistant Director
NEWS & REVIEWS
"Enchanting! ... performed to exemplary effect by an eight-person ensemble cast ... The camerawork is far more polished than I would have expected from an archival video that was never intended for webcast, and Mr. McMahonís staging makes the most of the theaterís small but spatially varied playing area. After seeing it, Iím even more determined to visit the company in person when it returns to the stage." –Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal more
"A victory for kindliness, with an ache at the heart." –The Philadelphia Inquirer
"A colorful and well-executed production. Both a solid introduction for newcomers and a creative yet classic take for long-time fans, all are welcomed to revel in the Lantern Theater Company's wealth of knowledge and talent on full display." –PlayShakespeare.com
"Raw and earthy sorcery captivates the senses in Lantern Theater Company's delightful rendition of Shakespeare's The Tempest. It is easy to get lost in the delicious language and fairy-tale sensibility of what is largely considered the immortal bard's ultimate work. McMahon's deftly understated production also emphasizes the humanity of these iconic characters. I have seen The Tempest many times, but here I was particularly moved by the momentousness of Prospero's decision to break his staff and bury his book. Surely knowing when to stop, when to let go of power that has been hard won and rightfully held is one of the most difficult challenges any person can hope to face. I cannot help but wonder how much of Shakespeare's own struggle we are hearing in Prospero's wise words." –Talkin' Broadway
"Shakespeare would have been proud! Lantern Theater Company is synonymous with outstanding productions of Shakespearean works. Yearly productions surpass prior performances in excellence and this year's presentation is no exception." –Beyond My Backyard
"Played with a gentleness that softens the story's suspense, but makes its words clearly heard and sincerely felt. Lantern's Tempest most excels by showing that we, even nonhumans, can change and grow; that we deserve forgiveness; and that our better selves can prevail. Let's hope that's not just a fantasy." –Broad Street Review
Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.
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