The Tempest

September 8

November 8, 2015

in CST's Courtyard Theater

by William Shakespeare
adapted & directed by Aaron Posner and Teller
songs by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
choreography by Matt Kent, Pilobolus

You’ve never seen a ‘Tempest’ like this. Enormously entertaining…gorgeously performed.

Chicago Tribune

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The Play

Welcome to a unique and impossible world where spirits roam, magic is real, reality is elusive and illusion abounds. Here, Prospero’s island is transformed into a traveling tent show of trickery and amazement. After twelve years marooned with his daughter Miranda, the deposed duke must now choose between his desire for revenge and the freedom that can only come with forgiveness. In the uniquely intimate setting of our Courtyard Theater, audiences will be spellbound at astonishing feats of magic, the haunting songs of Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, mind-bending choreography from Pilobolus and a remarkable ensemble of actors, led by the incomparable Larry Yando as Prospero. Conjure up a night of unforgettable entertainment at Chicago Shakespeare.



Video: The Tempest Montage

Gallery: On Stage

Video: Audience Response


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Critical Acclaim

" of the most arresting performances you're likely to see on stage this season. Imaginative and enchanting!"
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A Scholar's Perspective

"For a flickering instant Prospero the magician merges with Shakespeare the playwright. How far might the analogy be followed?"
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Access Shakespeare

CST strives to make our facility and performances accessible to all patrons. Our staff is ready to help in any way possible.
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The Players

Creative Team

Aaron Posner Adapter / Director

Teller Adapter / Director

Tom Waits Music

Kathleen Brennan Music

Matt Kent Choreographer

Ethan Deppe Music Director

Liz Filios Music Director

Dan Conway Scenic Designer

 Costume Designer

Rachel Laritz Additional Costume Design

Thom Weaver Lighting Designer

Johnny Thompson Magic Designer

Ray Nardelli Sound Designer

Melissa Veal Wig and Make-up Designer

Kevin Gudahl Verse Coach

Magdalene Spanuello Associate Director

Christopher Rose Assistant Magic Designer / Minion

Thom Rubino Magic Engineering and Construction

Kenny Wollesen Instrument Design and Wollesonics


Eva Louise Balistrieri Miranda

Adam Wesley Brown Trinculo


Ethan Deppe Jove / Rough Magic

Zach Eisenstat Caliban

Liz Filios Iris / Rough Magic

Lawrence Grimm Antonio

Michael Aaron Lindner Sebastian

John Lister Alonso

Manelich Minniefee Caliban

Ron E. Rains Stephano

Barbara Robertson Gonzala

Christopher Rose Minion

Jake Saleh Mars / Rough Magic

Luigi Sottile Ferdinand

Bethany Thomas Juno / Rough Magic

Larry Yando Prospero

Cameron Sherrill Ensemble Intern

Torie Trenter Ensemble Intern

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