May 18, 2014 at 7:00 AM
MADISON, NJ - Less than two weeks remain until the start of the summer Shakespeare season.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s 52nd Season opens with The Tempest, considered by many to be The Bard's final great work. Performances begin May 28 and continue through June 22 at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. (at Lancaster Road) in Madison.
Individual tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling (973) 408-5600 or by visiting www.ShakespeareNJ.org. Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Individual tickets range from $15 to $75.
“I am thrilled to open the season with The Tempest which has not appeared on the Main Stage in over ten years. A passionate, visceral, fierce, and magical play—The Tempest contains some of the worlds most glorious poetry,” said Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte.
As one of Shakespeare’s late romances, The Tempest, while not technically his last play, is considered the Bard’s farewell masterpiece. The character of Prospero, the exiled Duke turned powerful magician, appears semi-autobiographical—Shakespeare’s aging alter-ego who must also bid farewell to his “art.”
Longtime company member Sherman Howard will play Prospero.
“Sherman and I first explored the character together last winter when we worked on parts of The Tempest in collaboration with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Sibelius’ The Tempest was intertwined with Shakespeare’s text. Even in those brief scenes, it was evident what a force of nature Sherman’s Prospero truly was and I was inspired to stage a full production with Howard brining Prospero to full life,” Monte said.