On Thursday, student performance group Shakespeare on the Green announced that, for their winter slot, they will produce The Tempest boldly reimagined as bad.
“From last year’s production of Macbeth set in Weimar Germany, to our 2015 resetting of The Merry Wives of Windsor at a summer camp, we’re always looking for new and interesting takes on Shakespeare’s body of work,” stated Rebecca Olson ‘22, chair of Shakespeare on the Green. “This year, we’re so excited to transport The Tempest to a world where the play is terrible and Shakespeare would be disappointed and confused.”
Olson says the student theater board became excited to produce this version of The Tempest upon considering how the play is usually produced. “I thought back to the few stagings I’d seen of the play,” Olson added. “They were all so gripping and heart wrenching. I just thought it’d be really cool to put the audience in a place where they were constantly wondering what is going on, why it’s so unpleasant, and thinking about how uncomfortable they are in their little foldy chairs.”
At press time, Shakespeare on the Green was confirmed to be reimagining Sartre’s No Exit as somehow Shakespeare-related for their spring slot.