Synopsis

In Shakespeare’s final work, Prospero is exiled to an enchanted island where he harnesses the powers of magic and masters the spirits that dwell there. His desire for revenge drives him to conjure a mighty storm trapping his enemies on the island. In our first Shakespeare production, Steppenwolf ensemble member Tina Landau re-imagines this magical tale of art, freedom and the transformative power of forgiveness.

Ensemble member Frank Galati returns to the stage as Prospero, his first performance at Steppenwolf since The Drawer Boy with John Mahoney in 2001. Tina Landau has been an ensemble member since 1997 and has staged such inspiring Steppenwolf productions as The Time of Your Life, Cherry Orchard and The Diary of Anne Frank.

Watch & Listen

  1. Ensemble Conversations: Yasen Peyankov

    Ensemble Conversations: Yasen Peyankov

  2. MaTEENée for The Tempest

    MaTEENée for The Tempest

  3. #024: Ensemble Member Alan Wilder on The Tempest

    #024: Ensemble Member Alan Wilder on The Tempest

  4. Steppenwolf & Shakespeare

    Steppenwolf & Shakespeare

  5. #021: Ensemble Member Alana Arenas on The Tempest

    #021: Ensemble Member Alana Arenas on The Tempest

  6. The Tempest in Production

    The Tempest in Production

  7. Aerial Training for The Tempest

    Aerial Training for The Tempest

  8. The Tempest in Rehearsal

    The Tempest in Rehearsal

  9. #019: A Live Conversation with the Cast & Crew of The Tempest

    #019: A Live Conversation with the Cast & Crew of The Tempest

  10. Donor Cast Party for The Tempest

    Donor Cast Party for The Tempest

  11. Constructing The Tempest

    Constructing The Tempest

  12. #016: Ensemble Member K. Todd Freeman on Art

    #016: Ensemble Member K. Todd Freeman on Art

  13. #001: Artistic Director Martha Lavey on the 2008-2009 Season

    #001: Artistic Director Martha Lavey on the 2008-2009 Season

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Reviews

"Breathtakingly imagined, hypnotically performed, magically interpreted…..a wholly wondrous achievement!"
-Chicago Sun Times

"You won’t have seen a “Tempest” like this one. Guaranteed. So roll in and see what all the fuss is about!"
-Chicago Tribune

"Dazzles with its theatricality and welcome irreverence."
-Daily Herald

"2009’s first bona fide blockbuster hit!...zip(s) along like a waltzing roller-coaster, sweeping us along with it!"
-Windy City Times

"Delightful! The dramatic payoff is enormous-and the entire cast is perfect."
-Chicago Reader

"Wonderful performances and beautiful visuals—not to mention the spectacular opening storm of the title."
-The Onion/Decider

"Endlessly fascinating….spectacularly staged!"
-Chicago Tribune

"Astoundingly good use of the Steppenwolf ensemble— (a) uniformly exceptional cast!"
-Time Out Chicago

Program Articles

Letter from the Artistic Director on the 2008-2009 Season

Artistic Director Martha Lavey discusses the 2008-2009 Season of the Imagination

Artistic Director Interviews the Director of The Tempest

Artistic Director Martha Lavey discusses The Tempest with director and ensemble member Tina Landau

Rough Magic: Designing The Tempest

Tina Landau’s team of designers offers a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process

Thoughts from the Literary Manager on The Tempest

Literary Manager Joy Meads examines the vigorous and multifaceted exploration of the imagination in The Tempest

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Content Advisory

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Sponsors

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    Production sponsor of The Tempest
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