Arts and Theatre

Pallas Theatre Collective Puts on New Interpretation of Classic Shakespeare Play

John Stange as CalibanPallas Theatre Collective presents The Tempest: Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On, a new interpretation of the classic Shakespeare play, at Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church from January, 10-27, 2013.

Inspired by one of the work’s original stage directions, this production tells Shakespeare’s story as a chess match. Each character executes calculated moves, and the production illustrates that even black and white pieces on a chessboard can have very different meanings, depending on the desires and motivations of the person who is studying them.

This new approach highlights how one individual’s perspective can skew the facts of a situation. Directed by Tracey Elaine Chessum, Ph.D., The Tempest: Such Stuff as Dreams are Made on is a partially devised work told through the eyes of a new chess piece: Prospero’s brother, Antonio. While still offering the splendor and pageantry of the original piece, this re-envisioned production brings new questions into light: Why are relationships envisioned as games of strategy? What are the causes—and catastrophes—of sibling rivalry? Does professional ambition for place and power trump brotherhood?

The Tempest: Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made On opens January 10th at Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, 10123 Connecticut Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895.

Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for the general public and are available here.

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