The Tempest (Wallace)

by  Joseph Wallace, William Shakespeare

Short Play, Comedy  /  11m, 2f

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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Shakespeare)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

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

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 16th Century / Elizabethan, Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: An island.
  • Additional Features: Mime, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Puppetry, Stage Combat, Special Effects, Multimedia
  • Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

11m, 2f
MASTER
BOATSWAIN
ALONSO
SEBASTIAN
FERDINAND
GONZOLO
PROSPERO
MIRANDA
STEPHANO
TRINCULO
CALIBAN
ARIEL
MARINERS
SPIRITS
ATTENDANTS
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Cast Attributes

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

Casting Notes

ALL roles flexible as to gender.

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Authors

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 S ...

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