On Wednesday, April 6, at 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM, the Library will offer you Prospero, Miranda, Ariel, Caliban, and more! William Shakespeare’s enchanted island and its inhabitants will delight you with a tale of illusion and skillful manipulation. This FREE performance presented by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is 55 minutes long, followed by your chance to ask questions of the cast. This abbreviated version of the play will take place in the Community Room of the Almaden Library and Community Center.
In The Tempest Shakespeare uses fantasy and magic to explore love and hatred. In the play, tempests take many forms: the storm scene which focuses on the role of nature in society, sibling conflicts that divide brothers, untamed nature, and forbidden love that stirs among young lovers. Shakespeare's The Tempest is a reminder of the very thin division between happiness and tragedy.
Several movies have been based on this play, most notably 1982's modern-day Tempest (trailer); BBC's 1987 The Tempest, a faithful rendering of the play; and 2010's The Tempest, starring Helen Mirren.
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