La Tempestad or Shakespeare Goes Caribbean | Sontag Greek Theatre, Pomona College | July 11-21


A story of shipwreck and magic, The Tempest begins on a ship caught in a violent storm with Alonso, 


...the king of Naples, on board. On a nearby island, the exiled Duke of Milan, Prospero, tells his daughter, Miranda, that he has caused the storm with his magical powers. Prospero had been banished twelve years earlier when Prospero’s brother, Antonio—also on the doomed ship—conspired with Alonso to become the duke instead. Prospero and Miranda are served by a spirit named Ariel and by Caliban, son of the island’s previous inhabitant, the witch Sycorax. This bilingual adaptation is set on La Isla de la Juventud off the coast of Cuba in 1895.

The production is grounded in Cuban culture’s vibrant mixture of Spanish and African music and religion, featuring live music with original arrangements of Cuban and Afro-Caribbean music.

By William Shakespeare, Directed and Adapted by Beatrice Casagrán.

Part of the Midsummer Shakespeare Festival in Claremont.

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