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.
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Cast & Artists
- Author: William Shakespeare
- Directed by: ensemble member Tina Landau
- Scenic Design: Takeshi Kata
- Costume Design: James Schuette
- Lighting Design: Jane Cox
- Sound Design: Josh Schmidt
- Stage Manager: Malcolm Ewen
- Assistant Stage Manager: Christine D. Freeburg
- Aerial Coach: Sylvia Hernandez DiStasi
- Dialogue Coach: Rob Clare
- Projections Designer: Stephan Mazurek
-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!"
"Dazzles with its theatricality and welcome irreverence."
"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."
"Wonderful performances and beautiful visuals—not to mention the spectacular opening storm of the title."
"Endlessly fascinating….spectacularly staged!"
"Astoundingly good use of the Steppenwolf ensemble— (a) uniformly exceptional cast!"
-Time Out Chicago
Artistic Director Martha Lavey discusses The Tempest with director and ensemble member Tina Landau
Artistic Director Martha Lavey discusses the 2008-2009 Season of the Imagination
Tina Landau’s team of designers offers a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process
Ensemble member and director of The Tempest provides a summary of the plot
Literary Manager Joy Meads examines the vigorous and multifaceted exploration of the imagination in The Tempest