October 2, 2014 - November 2, 2014
Weds - Saturday - 7:30pm / Sunday - 4pm
Written By William Shakespeare
Directed by Karin Coonrod
Music Composed by Elizabeth Swados
Internationally renowned director Karin Coonrod and Obie-award winning composer Elizabeth Swados bring their significant craft, daring, and imagination to Shakespeare’s The Tempest, in a world-premiere music-theatre production at La MaMa. Featuring a diverse, intergenerational cast, including veteran film and television actor Reg E. Cathey as Prospero and Joseph Harrington, 14-year-old star of Broadway’s Billy Elliot, as Ariel.
"The enchantment begins immediately, with a storm-tossed shipwreck made of shouted voices, a haze of fog and a speckled, celestial light cast by a giant metal orb. Pocked with holes, it’s lit from within, swaying like the wild sea...a beautiful production."
- Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times
"Rough magic? Reg E. Cathey has it. His long, lined face and gravelly voice suggest effortless power and allure. It’s both brilliant and obvious that he should play the sorcerer Prospero... Miriam A. Hyman is a lovely Miranda, and Tony Torn, as Stephano, is a one-man embodiment of the carnivalesque. But it’s Cathey’s sonorous ease and conflicted moral authority that enchant. Charms all o’erthrown? Hardly."
- New Yorker
"Just might cure those theatergoers who have been deaf to this play's poetry and charms... uniformly excellent acting....a visual and aural feast."
"Coonrod impressively uses the entirety of the Ellen Stewart Theatre, taking advantage of its depth and multiple levels to stage the enormity of Shakespeare's story... Despite the theater's hugeness, Coonrod's staging feels quite intimate... at around 100 minutes, this is an efficient and highly enjoyable adaptation of The Tempest."