ISU Theatre will present “The Tempest,” a tale of magic, deception and revenge, which starts a one-weekend run, beginning Thursday, April 20.
Playing the lead role as Prospero will be Jane Cox, professor of music and theatre. This production is directed by Amanda Petefish-Schrag, assistant professor of music and theatre.
When asked about playing the role of Prospero, Cox said, “Whenever anyone begins to work on a production of one of Shakespeare’s plays, it is with a feeling something like John F. Kennedy inspired when he said of sending a man to the moon: that we were doing it not because it was easy but because it was hard. There is always the challenge of wanting to do something that is difficult and to do it as well as you possibly can. Then apart from that challenge, the rewards that await are so great.”
“Shakespeare deeply understood the variety of our human experience of love and hate, bravery and cowardice, honor and treachery, honesty and intrigue; then he put those human emotions and thought into incomparable prose and poetry,” Cox said. “I suppose some may believe that Shakespeare has little to say to us in 2017; after all, it has been 400 years. In response to that view, actor Ian McKellen said, ‘I think that it is as likely that Shakespeare will stop interesting people as that flowers will stop interesting people.’ I agree and am very pleased to be challenged by The Tempest, as I have memorized and prepared to deliver such magnificent lines, and I am especially proud to work with this particular cast and crew of ISU students and faculty.”
Other cast members from Ames are: Alexandra Rundle (Alonso), David Detlefs (Gonzalo) and Kelly Marie Schaefer (Antonio).
The production opens on Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. with additional performances on April 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. and April 23 at 2 p.m. on the Fisher Theater stage.
Ticket are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and $11 for students and can be purchased through any Ticketmaster or online, at the Iowa State Center Ticket Office in Ames weekdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m., or at the door before the performance.