A Tempest

Directed by Paul Carter Harrison

Written in 1969 by Martiniquean poet Aimé Césaire, this ritual drama adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest examines resistance to colonialism through a Caribbean lens. Driven by the expressive wisdom of African oral tradition, A Tempest confronts the damage inflicted by colonial suppression while celebrating the power of cultural memory to assert identity and rise in spirit above the conditions of oppression.

Theater Lab, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Feb. 9-11 at 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 12* at 2 p.m.

*Forum and reception to follow Feb. 12 reading.

Free. Reservations requested. 

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Master of Ceremonies/Friar/Eshu     Brad Raymond

Gonzalo                                         Barry Stewart Mann

Antonio                                          J. L. Reed

Boatswain/Juno                              Savonce Lawrence

Captain/Trinculo                             Steve Sherman

Prospero                                        Peter Callender

Miranda                                         Toni Gentry

Ariel                                              Jeanette  Illidge

Caliban                                          Victor Love

Ferdinand                                       Tom Zhang

Sebastian                                       Christopher Hampton

Alonso                                           Josiah Watts

Stephano                                       Hugh Adams

Ceres                                             Kadeitra Wells

Iris                                                Dalyla McGee

About the Guest Artists 

Paul Carter Harrison (Director) is an award-winning playwright/director/theatre theorist whose work has been produced and published in both Europe and the United States. Harrison, A native New Yorker who received a BA in Psychology from Indiana University in 1957, and an MA from New School of Social Research in Phenomenology and Gestalt Psychology in 1962, moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands where he lived for 10 years to pursue a career in writing for progressive newspapers, television and theater.  While visiting New York in 1964, he witnessed the Harlem Riots which inspired his first full length play, Tabernacle, which received its first performance at Howard University in 1968 when he accepted a teaching position which was significantly influenced by the death of Martin Luther King. Shuttling back and forth between the States and Europe, he finally re-settled into New York where he initiated a long artistic association, as writer/director, with the Negro Ensemble Company Negro that had produced his earlier plays, Tophat, Abercrombie Apocalypse, and the celebrated Great MacDaddy for which he was recipient of an Obie Award (Off-Broadway Theater Award bestowed by The Village Voice) in 1974. He is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for American Playwriting, a National Endowment of the Arts Playwrights Fellowship, and two Meet-the-Composer/Reader’s Digest Commission for the development of his two  operettas, Goree Crossing and Doxology Opera: The Doxy Canticles, Harrison is currently a retired Professor Emeritus from Columbia College living in the Republic of Panama, but continues to write while serving as Dramaturg and/or Director for Black Theatre institutions around the country that are committed to developing new work for the stage. In the Summer 2009, he was a recipient of the National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award.

L. Peter Callender (Prospero) has worked professionally as an actor for over thirty years, and more recently as a director and writer. He received his formal training in the theater at the Juilliard School in New York City; Webber/Douglas Academy in London, England; Mask Technique with Julie Taymor; and The Suzuki Technique with The Tadashi Suzuki Company in Toga-mura, Japan. He has appeared on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theaters across the US, and has performed internationally in Japan, England, and France. His New York credits include: Tom/Jamaican Waiter in Prelude to a Kiss (Circle Rep. and at the Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway, directed by Norman René); Off-Broadway: Roscoe in The Caucasian Chalk Circle (at the Public Theater, directed by George C. Wolfe); Caliban in The Tempest (at Classic Stage Company, directed by Julie Taymor); Curio/Ensemble in Twelfth Night (at the Delacorte Theater, directed by Harold Guskin). Mr. Callender has been an Associate Artist at the California Shakespeare Theater since 1994. Some favorites roles at CalShakes include: the title roles in Julius Caesar and Cymbeline; Oberon in Midsummer Night's Dream; Capulet in Romeo and Juliet; Orsino in Twelfth Night; Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing; Polixenes and Leontes in Winter's Tale.