September 29, 30, October 5, 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m. October 1, 8, at 2 p.m.
Believed to be Shakespeare’s final solo-written play, The Tempest explores aspects of love, forgiveness versus vengeance, and redemption. Prospero has survived 12 years marooned on an island with his daughter, Miranda, when the men who cheated him of his Dukedom sail within reach of his powerful magic. To feed his revenge, Prospero conjures up a tempest that will shipwreck his enemies and leave them at his mercy. But Miranda falls in love with a Prince cast ashore, while Caliban and Ariel, the island's native inhabitants, frighten and amaze the mariners. In the end, will Prospero get his due or learn that "the rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance?"
The Mainstage festival production features visiting professional guest artists and Grand Valley students. Guest director Curt Tofteland heads the list of guest artists. Guest actors include festival newcomers Atis Kleinbergs and Lisa Abbott who will be playing Prospero and Gonzala for this production. Returning to the festival is Scott Wright who has appeared previously as Duke of Buckingham in Richard III and as Amiens in As You Like It, Also joining the production is guest professional stage manager Savannah Draper.
Recommended for ages 8 and up. No children under school age admitted.
Tickets and Admission to Events
Tickets to The Tempest:
General Admission $14
Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Seniors $12
Students and Groups (10 or more) $6
Box Office, Louis Armstrong Theatre, Thomas J. and Marcia J. Haas Center for Performing Arts, Allendale Campus
Hours: M−F, 10 a.m.−5 p.m. and one hour prior to performances
For more ticket information, visit the Box Office
During rehearsals and development for The Tempest, the U.S. and islands of the Caribbean were struck by the powerful hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and now Maria, and there are further storms threatening. As a festival, we are struck by the vivid reality of such storms, and we cannot perform a play called The Tempest without acknowledging these storms and the devastation, suffering, and grief they have brought. In response, the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival will donate 5 percent of all ticket revenue from The Tempest to the Red Cross for hurricane relief.
Additional Events for The Tempest
Festival Scholar John F. Andrews and Dr. Jo Miller, The Tempest Production Dramaturg
September 29................................. 6:45 p.m.
Dr. Jo Miller, The Tempest Production Dramaturg
October 7....................................... 6:45 p.m.
Theatre Lab, Performing Arts Center, Allendale Campus
Opening Night Reception
There will be a free, public reception following the opening night performance of The Tempest in the Pere Marquette room of Kirkhof Center The reception will include a cash bar and is free and open to the public with presentation of ticket from the opening night performance.
Secondary School Matinees
October 2, 3, and 5.................................................. 10 a.m.
Student matinee performances are for area secondary schools who pre-register to attend the performances. For registration information or questions, visit our Schools page
Guest Director Curt Tofteland
Atis Kleinbergs who is playing Prospero
Lisa Abbott who is playing Gonzala
Scott Wright who is playing King Alonso
Guest Stage Manager Savannah Draper
Guest Sound Designer Ken Chamberlain
Music Director, Professor of Music Pablo Mahave-Veglia