WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
The world-premiere of a new musically rich adaptation entitled Tempest, adapted and directed by Karin Coonrod, with music by La MaMa veteran composer Elizabeth Swados. The international and intergenerational cast will feature Reg. E. Cathay (The Wire and House of Cards) as Prospero, and the 14-year-old star of Broadway's Billy Elliot Joseph Harrington as Ariel. Director Coonrod notes similarities between Prospero's world and ours today, noting, "Prospero re-enacts power games on an island – just as Manhattan is an island – and it is the non-human Ariel is fascinated by humanity's power to love and reminds Prospero of his humanity. The play demonstrates a juxtaposition of time present and timelessness – hence, we will begin the play with a pendulum swinging: a signal of impending disaster and a reminder of time moving forward. A warning."