ATC is thrilled to announce that theTEMPEST is scheduled to be our third and final Main Stage Production for the current (2020-2021) season. The Shakespeare play explores many traditional themes: Betrayal and Forgiveness, Family Trauma and its Impact, The Trials of Generations, and The Healing of Love and Empathy. So, there seemed to be no better production to end out the year that has issued in as much change and trials as this past one has.
This is a story of a wild storm, magic, betrayal, jealousy, young love, bitter rivalries, and the wounds of colonialism. And as these themes are elemental to both our time and our approach, we have adopted the very elements to tell the story! Set on a beautifully morbid island that seems to change itself in regards to the desires of the characters who inhabit it (some by choice, some as a sentence), the elements of nature are thrown into disarray, leaving disharmony between water, earth, fire, and air. The point of the play: to see if a balance can be restored or if it is simply too late for these castaways (and by extension, us in our very similar world) to save ourselves and those around us.
We have adapted our production to reflect both the original, Early Modern English (Elizabethan) text written by Shakespeare, and also the modernized (Standard American English) text so that none of the beauty and form would be lost and all viewers will be able to see these vital messages. As such, we must remind everyone that Shakespeare was not above dropping in the occasional form of bawdy humor and adult content being discussed in both a farcical/joking way and a derogative way. As such, adult themes and instances are present.
With each production, we have tried to push what has been seen, what has been accomplished, and what can be expected. Our vision has been very ambitious this whole season, where first we attempted to push our abilities of the edits and character design (PROMETHEUS BOUND: 2020), then the make up and backgrounds serving as early era comic books (LE PETIT PRINCE et al.).
Now is no different! We have designed the look as inspired by three very distinct movements in the art and theatrical world: Expressionism, Impressionism, and the Post-Impressionists. These impactful movements have inspired us to create a distinct oil painting approach, attempting to put our audience into a gallery of the most influential painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries as iconic elements of those paintings come to life in the backgrounds. Imagine this production as though German Expressionists designed the Make Up, Impressionists designed the Backgrounds, and Post-Impressionists washed over it all in the final lighting and colors!
And so, we invite you to end the season with us, and be swept away in theTEMPEST!
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