There must be something in the air with “The Tempest.”
Julie Taymor made a film version of it not to long ago. Yale Summer Cabaret produced it last year. Darko Tresnjak will direct his version of it in May at Hartford Stage, where he is the new artistic director.
Now it will be one of the main stage shows for the 35th season at Shakespeare & Company in the Massachusetts Berkshires this summer — starring Olympia Dukakis as Prospero.
Tony Simones, artistic director of the Lenox, Mass. theater, will stage the show with the Oscar-winning actress in the role of one of Shakespeare’s great male characters. The actress’ brother Apollo Dukakis will play Gonzalo; Obie Award-winner Rocco Sisto will play Caliban and Kristin Wold is Ariel. The show will play mid-July through mid-August, with specific dates to be announced.
The last time Dukakis played the region was in Tennessee Williams’ “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore” two seasons back at Hartford Stage. She later played in the role off-Broadway
Obie-winning John Douglas Thompson will star in a new one-man show, “Satchmo at the Waldorf.” The production will mark the Northeast premiere of the work by Wall Street Journal critic Terry Teachout. Gordon Edelstein, artistic director of Long Wharf Theatre, directs. The show will play mid-August through Labor Day with specific dates to be announced.
Thompson played Antony in Hartford Stage’s production of “Antony and Cleopatra” two years ago.
Also on the main stage is “King Lear,” directed by Rebecca Holderness starring company member Dennis Kerausnick. Also featured is Apollo Dukakis as Gloucester and Kevin Coleman as the Fool. The show will play mid-June through mid-August, with specific dates still to be announced.
The fourth show on the main stage will be “Endurance,” a collaboration between the theater and the Split Knuckle Theatre and its founder Michael F. Toomey, starring Toomey. (“Endurance” was produced two years agio at Connecticut Repertory Theatreon ther UConn campus.) The show will play starting the end of June through mid-July, with specific dates still to be announced.
The company’s second theater will present John Logan’s “Red,” starring Jonathan Epstein; Charles Busch’s “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” with Annette Miller; and Norman Plotkin’s one-woman play “Cassandra Speaks” with Tod Randolph as the late Dorothy Thompson, the controversial American journalist and radio broadcaster, who gave her voice to many major events of the 20th century.
Also set is the East Coast premiere of Mark Roberts’ comedy “Parasite Drag” with Jason Asprey and Elizabeth Aspenlieder .
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