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Tempest, The -- (Wallace) - Short Play, Comedy

Tempest, The -- (Wallace)

William Shakespeare, Joseph Wallace

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Short Play, Comedy

11m, 2f

ISBN: 9780874401738

Adapted by Joseph Wallace
Shakespeare's last play is considered by some to be his best work of theater, combining elements of mystery, romance, intrigue, broad comedy, magic, music and dancing! A usurped duke named Prospero and his now adolescent daughter have made an almost-abandoned island their home, along with a fairy na…

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Adaptations (Shakespeare)

40 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, 16th Century / Elizabethan, Greek; Roman & Biblical

Settings Of Play - An island.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Mime, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Puppetry, Stage Combat, Special Effects, Multimedia

Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Shakespeare's last play is considered by some to be his best work of theater, combining elements of mystery, romance, intrigue, broad comedy, magic, music and dancing! A usurped duke named Prospero and his now adolescent daughter have made an almost-abandoned island their home, along with a fairy named Ariel and a half-human slave, Caliban. Prospero uses magic to conjure a storm to bring his usurping brother and his cohorts to the island, with magical and fantastic results! This play contains some of Shakespeare's best characters and most beautiful poetry, artfully condensed into a faithful one-act adaptation. Excellent choice for competition, showcase, and introduction to Shakespeare. Also offers challenging opportunities for more advanced groups. One judge at a competition called this play, "the ultimate in theatricality! By the author of our popular plays, Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark, Hush Little Celia, A Wild Boor

Characters

CASTING

11m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Features Children, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Roles for Children, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

ALL roles flexible as to gender.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

MASTER
BOATSWAIN
ALONSO
SEBASTIAN
FERDINAND
GONZOLO
PROSPERO
MIRANDA
STEPHANO
TRINCULO
CALIBAN
ARIEL
MARINERS
SPIRITS
ATTENDANTS
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author(s)

Joseph Wallace

Joseph Wallace has been writing and directing plays for more than thirty years.  In addition, he has been a teacher of English and theatre for more than 25 years.  His titles with us include: Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark (one-act and musical versions) ; Hush Little Celia, Don't Say a Word; A Wild Boor (farcical adaptation of The Boor); and The Tempest  ... view full profile

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Reviews
joseph wallace 7/25/2013 9:30 AM
I adapted this play for a competition.  Adapting a full-length Shakespeare play and making it accessible was not an east task,  However, the result is a play that challenges the actors without overwhelming them, and gives the director LOTS of opportunities to throw the kitchen sink in!  Magic, live music, dance, costumes,and  fantastic effects all can be used in this play, or it can be told simply, and still be powerful and entertaining.

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