by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
directed by KAITLYN CROCKETT
June 22, 2019 in Downtown Lowell
Join us again for the magical A Midsummer Dream Festival during its second annual iteration. Studio 506 will perform an adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Tempest to close out the night.
Twelves years ago, a sorcerer and the right Duke of Milan, Prospero, was usurped from his Dukedom by his brother, Antonio, and the King of Naples, Alonso, and banished to a remote island. He lives on the island with his daughter Miranda, and his two servants — Caliban, an inhabitant of the island, and Ariel, an airy spirit.
One day, Alonso and the other members of his court - including Antonio - are traveling on a ship right next to the island Prospero escaped to. Using his magic and with the help of the island's spirits (led by Ariel), Prospero conjures up a tempest and shipwrecks the King and his court on the island.
What ensues is a play of magic and mystery, full of Shakespeare's best: young lovers, political turmoil, drunken fools, and a sorcerer enacting his revenge on those who wronged him.
Studio 506's production traveled between Lowell's downtown parks: St. Anne's Churchyard, Lucy Larcom Park, Market St. Park, and the Mary J. Bacigalupo Victorian Garden on June 22, 2019 at 7pm. This was their second time performing a traveling outdoor Shakespeare play, previously with their 2018 production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Run time: 2 hours including walking time
Content Advisory: Mature themes including alcohol consumption, plots of murder, mentions of rape, and psychological torment.