Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Shakespeare Comes to Roosevelt Island This Weekend 8/10-8/11

For a few hours each evening this Friday and Saturday the Eastwood Amphitheatre will become the Globe Theatre and the East River will become the Thames. The reason of course is Shakespeare. A new production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest will be presented to those lucky enough to attend. The play is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm each night. Much as it was presented close to 400 years ago the play will be presented without the benefit of professional lighting or a sound system. So what you will hear will be pure and dependant on the actors alone to convey the emotions and story line written by Shakespeare.

According to Octagon resident Julie White, who is producing this presentation, the players all have a lot to offer and they each bring it to this production. We should expect to see a set design that is quite minimal in nature which will also apply to the costumes. The setting of this Tempest may be somewhat modern but I have been assured the text is all Shakespeare.

This play is Ms. Whites first as a producer but she draws from her experiences as a member of the City Island Theatre Group while a resident there where she was an actor and served in many roles behind the curtain of several productions. Michael Flanagan is directing and has directed several other shows and recently completed his MFA in Directing from Brooklyn College. Besides Ms. White look for a few of your fellow Roosevelt Islanders among the players.

The Roosevelt Island Residents Association is sponsoring this production which is free to the public. Contributions will gladly be accepted and be used to cover current costs and future theatre projects. If this play is a success Ms. White hopes to make similar productions an annual event.

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