Derived from Shakespeare's fantasy, this freshly conceived reconstruction of The Tempest is a potent confection of physical theater and verbal gymnastics — a father-daughter story for the ages that explores the power of love and forgiveness.
Written by William Shakespeare
Adapted, directed and choreographed by John Farmanesh-Bocca
Jack Stehlin Mimi Davila
Charles Hunter Paul
Christopher Murillo, Scenic Design Bosco Flanagan, Lighting Design Denise Blasor, Costume Design John Farmanesh-Bocca and Adam Phalen, Sound Design Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin, Prop Design Lucy Pollak, Publicist Gretchen Goode, Production Stage Manager
Produced by Ron Sossi Artistic Director, The Odyssey Theatre Jeannine Wisnosky Stehlin Managing Director, The New American Theatre
Associate Artistic Director, Odyssey Theatre, Beth Hogan
Fridays, Saturdays at 8PM
Sundays at PM
Special 2PM Matinee Saturday April 23 (Closing performance)
VENUE: The Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Now playing through April 23!
CRITICS CHOICE! LOS ANGELES TIMES “… MAGIC… inventive staging and solid command of source text make for a memorable re-imagining…
Jack Stehlin makes it clear out of the gate he’s no by-the-book Prospero… [a] radical overarching concept”
– Philip Brandes, Los Angeles Times
“RECOMMENDED… STAGE RAW TOP 10 … puts the entire play in a powerful new perspective… abounds with visual and choreographic poetry… a vibrant, funny, heartbreaking show
… A STUNNER” — Terry Morgan, Stage Raw
“SHEER MAGIC” ...amps up the play's sense of wonder, and focuses its emotional intensity like a crystal focusing a laser...As Prospero, master actor Jack Stehlin...lights our way to a most startling interpretive choice at the play's end...Shakespeare would weep with joy to see the heart of his most personal work so radiantly revealed."
- Mark Hein, Theatre Ghost
“REFRESHINGLY NEW” … fascinating and fun!.”
- Elaine L. Mura, LA Splash
“IT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND” … transcends all expectations… so profoundly moving, so exciting and original, that I cannot urge you enough to go see it. If you only make time for one Shakespeare production this year, let it be this one… theatre magic at its finest.”
— Ellen Dostal, Shakespeare in LA
“VISUALLY STUNS” — Gil Kaan, Broadwayworld
"YOU WILL BE THRILLED" BOLD AND MUSCULAR… the most inventive production of The Tempest that I have ever seen…If you love originality, if you love theatricality,
if you love words and action that make the sometimes-difficult language of Shakespeare accessible, then do not miss this production. ”
— Paul Myrvold’s Theatre Notes
“RECOMMENDED! STRIKING AND INDELIBLE...POWERFUL” We are served humor as well as travitas, love with betrayal, hope with unbearable loss...a special spell perfetly befitting an enchanted isle.
—David Maurer, Culture Spot LA
With adaptor/director Farmanesh-Bocca at the creative helm and a marvelous Stehlin leading a strong cast, The Tempest has been shaken, pureed and creatively messed with to exciting effect... rich and dynamic end-to-end.”
— Evan Henerson, Curtain Up
Farmanesh-Bocca takes reinvention to such an excitingly new level, it’s no wonder Tempest Redux is the most buzzed-about Shakespeare show in town.” — Steven Stanley, Stage Scene LA
Mimi Davila is very excited to be working with New American Theatre and The Odyssey theatre for her first play since moving to Los Angeles! Her most recent work in the theatre includes her solo performance “Buena Noche” at the One Festival in New York city and Ophelia in Hamlet, directed by award winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. Her television experience includes a series regular on the show “South Beach” now streaming on Hulu and appearances on NBC, CBS and Telemundo portraying the character she made famous on YouTube with her hit video “Chongalicious” that received over six million hits.
SHEA DONOVANAriel Shea is pleased to be making her debut with the New American Theatre! Recent credits include What the Frack Happened? (Mary Elisabeth, Citizens Change Theatre), The Threepenny Opera (Vixen, A Noise Within), The Seagull(Nina, Whitmore-Lindley Theatre), The Bear (Mrs. Popov, Lupin Theatre), Chamber Music (Woman in Queenly Spanish Garb, Lupin Theatre), The Skin of Our Teeth (Sabina, Parsons Street Players), among others. Shea has worked with the New Orleans Shakespeare Festival as a performer in the Shakespeare on the Road outreach program. She also sings and performs in various concerts and revues with the Color and Light Theatre Ensemble and has danced with the NewDance Company, the Newcomb Dance Company, the Shockwave Dance Team and the Parsons Street Dance Ensemble. Shea received her B.F.A in Theatre Performance, B.A in Communications and minor in Dance from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.
DENNIS GERSTENAntonio, Trinculo Dennis Gersten is co-artistic director of Theatre Unlimited (T.U. Studios) in Noho, where he directed Indulgences in the Louisville Harem and the award-winning The Author’s Thumb. On Stage: Perfect Timing (Theatre 40), The Missing Pages of Lewis Carroll (Boston Court), The Chosen (Coachella Valley Rep.), The Lady's Not for Burning and Accomplices (Fountain Theatre), Compleat Female Stage Beauty and Henry V (Crown City), Double Falsehood (Coeurage Theatre), National Pastime (Fremont Centre Theatre), David and Goliath in America and Dirk (Road Theatre), San Fran Scapin and Don Juan (Andak Stage Co.). Directing: Road Theatre, 2Cents Theatre, LA Shakespeare, Next Arena, Vineyard Touring Opera. Film: Four Winds is currently tearing up the festival circuit. Dennis is a playwright and a founding member of Stagewrights, Inc. in NYC and Michael Chekhov Studio in LA. He teaches Theatre and acting at LA Valley College, Inside Out Community Arts/P.S.Arts, and East LA Classic Theatre.
GILDART JACKSON Alonso,Stephano
Gildart Jackson, a Beverly Hills Entertainment Lawyer turned actor recently starred as Giles the Butler/Host of ABC’s hit reality-competition series “Whodunnit?”Jackson is most recognized for his past television roles such as ‘Gideon’ on the cult-series “Charmed,” ‘Jackson Palmer’ opposite Melina Kanakaredes on NBC’s “Providence” and ‘Simon Prentiss’ on “General Hospital.” His favorite movie role is in the critically acclaimed feature film, “YOU" directed by his wife, Melora Hardin ("Transparent",“the office”). Most recent LA theater was "Class" at Garry Marshall's Falcon Theater (Scenie Award, Best Actor; Broadway World, Best Performance).Jackson resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.
Willem was most recently seen performing with Rogue Artist Ensemble in the Music Center event, Sleepless at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and as the Cat in Wood Boy Dog Fish (Bootleg Theatre). This past summer he could be found understudying Scott Caan and Michael Weston in the Falcon Theatre’s Production, The Trouble We Come From. Other favorite credits include ‘Billy’ in Tribes (Phoenix Theatre AZ); ‘Union Secretary’ in The Hairy Ape (Eugene O’Neill Festival); ‘Louie’ in Lost in Yonkers (Role Players Ensemble) and various Ensemble roles inTitus Andronicus (California Shakespeare Theatre). He is also the Co-Founder of the Arts for Autism Program at the Lyric Theatre in Hollywood. Willem Graduated from University of London in 2013 with an MA in Acting, after completing his initial training at American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He would like to thank his family, friends and spaniel Brutus for their endless love and support.
CHARLES HUNTER PAULFerdinand
Charles Hunter Paul is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His more recent credits include Richmond in Richard III at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest with OKCity Rep and Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Richard II where he played the title character and Bill Reach in Down The Road. He would like to thank the cast and crew for their wonderful, spirited work, John for all the help and inspiration, Tom and Jonathan for their instruction, his loving family, Kelsey, and most importantly- YOU! For supporting live theatre.
DASH PEPIN Caliban, Adrian
DASH PEPIN is a graduate of CornishCollege of the Arts with a BFA in theater. Dash was in the productions of "Pericles Redux" and "Titus Redux" at the Kirk Douglas Theater. He is a proud co-founder of Not Man Apart which produced the first two Redux shows and is excited to be working with the New American Theater and the Odyssey Theater on "Tempest Redux." Dash serves as fight captain and associate choreographer for this production. He was also most recently in Not Man Apart's production of "Ajax in Iraq" (First Sergeant, ensemble) and Shakespeare Santa Monica's "As You Like It" (Orlando).
Briana Price was born and raised in Pasadena, California. She spent her formative years swimming and dancing. Later, she would go on to study at Columbia University in New York City where she followed a pre-med trajectory. That trajectory was interrupted by her love of the arts, where she returned and built a career. Since then, Briana has performed with artists such as Nicki Minaj, Ice Cube, Britney Spears, as well as 2 seasons on Glee. She loves cookie dough, yoga, and Tony Soprano.
JACK STEHLIN (Prospero/New American Theatre Artistic Director)is an award-winning actor/director best known on television as DEA captain Roy Till on the Showtime series Weeds (SAG award nomination). New York/Regional stage credits include Salome(with Al Pacino), numerous productions at New York’s Public Theatre including Richard II (with Steven Berkoff), Henry V (with Kevin Kline), Casanova (with Ethan Hawke), Henry IV, (with Mandy Patinkin), and Julius Caesar (with Al Pacino and Martin Sheen). Los Angeles stage roles include New American Theatre productions of 63 Trillion, More Lies About Jerzy, Julius Caesar, Harm’s Way (LA/Off Broadway), Titus Redux (Not Man Apart co-production at Kirk Douglas Theatre and RadarLA,) and Odyssey/New American Theatre co-productions of Creditors (LA Weekly Award nomination-Best Actor),Taming of the Shrew, The Misanthrope, Macbeth, Richard III, Tartuffe, and True West. His many guest-starring roles on countless TV fan favorites include NCIS Los Angeles, Without a Trace, Monk, The Practice, Crossing Jordan, ER, NYPD Blue and Fox’s pilot Hieroglyph. Jack can be seen on the big screen in Wilde Salome with Al Pacino.
EMILY YETTER Ariel Emily is most known for her critically acclaimed portrayals of Regan in The Geffen’s The Exorcist and Tinker Bell in Theater 360’s National Tour of Peter Pan. Other theater credits include: The Night Fairy (SCR), Oz 2.5 (SCR),Bolero: Ravel’s Dance for Orchestra (Walt Disney Concert Hall), The Conduct of Life (The Vagrancy), Nowhere (LATC) and Norman’s Arc (The Ford Amphitheater). Film/TV/New Media: Relationship Goals (Go90), Spooked (Geek and Sundry), Project X (WB), Prom Queen (CW Digital), Honest Sex (Buzzfeed), 5153 (pilot) along with numerous shorts and national commercials. She co-runs Crooked Grin Productions, boasting many plays, films, and arts events including a full-length pilot, Monster Girls, in which Emily co-stars and which screened at Austin Film Fest 2015. Her acting training includes UCLA’s school of Theater, Film and Television and BADA. Emily regularly performs aerial arts with dance troupe La Sirenes. Represented by 369 Universal Artists. Robbie@369ua.com, www.emilyyetter.com, www.imdb.me/emilyyetter
WWHO'S WHO IN THE PRODUCTION
JOHN FARMANESH-BOCCA Director/Choreographer/Adapter
John Farmanesh-Bocca is the founding artistic director of both Not Man Apart—Physical Theatre Ensemble (2005-2015) and Shakespeare Santa Monica (2003–2014). His Los Angeles directing credits include Ajax in Iraq (Miles Playhouse, Santa Monica)Pericles Redux and Titus Redux (Kirk Douglas Theatre) Lysistrata Unbound and Hercules Furens (Getty Villa Theatre Lab), As/Is (The New American Theatre), My Wonderful Life (Malibu Stage Company) and Richard III Redux (Veteran’s Center for the Performing Arts). Awarded an American Theatre Wing Scholarship, John trained at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (‘94) before serving as a directing fellow at the Juilliard School’s Drama Division (2003-2005). His company, Not Man Apart, is known for athletic, intense modern versions of Shakespeare, the creation of visceral original works and re-examinations of eternal classics. In 2014, Not Man Apart was named “one of the 13 innovative physical theatre companies in the world” by Backstage. The Hollywood Reporter called it “a futuristic theater company,” the Los Angeles Times praised it as “exhilarating and propulsive” and “exciting and innovative,” and the British Theatre Guide found it “startlingly refreshing.”
CHRISTOPHER MURILLOSet Design Christopher Scott Murillo (scenic design) is thrilled to be working with The New American Theatre and The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble. Selected Theater Design Credits Include: Troubadour Theater Company: SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO MOTOWN. ICT: THE HEIR APPARENT, ABIGAIL/1702. Deaf West Theatre: Spring Awakening (@Inner-City Arts). East West Players: CRIERS FOR HIRE, BEJING SPRING, STEEL MAGNOLIAS. Playwrights’ Arena: CINNAMON GIRL, DALLAS NON-STOP, ANATOMY OF GAZELLAS. At Chance Theater: DOGFIGHT, LYSISTRATA JONES, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, THE WHO’S TOMMY. TV Consulting & Set Decor Credits: The 86th Academy Awards, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Orange County Reunion Specials. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member at CSULA teaching scenic design and stagecraft. He holds an MFA from the UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance and a BA from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. http://www.christopherscottmurillo.com
BOSCO FLANAGANLighting Design Bosco is happy to be back designing at the Odyssey.
Recent credits include 'Shakespeare in the Park" Summer Season, ISC at Griffith Park. 'Midsummer Nights Dream' Actors Gang and World Tour. 'Harlequino On to Freedom', Actor's Gang. And 'Winters Eve', California Dance Theatre.
DENISE BLASORCostume Designer Jeff very happy to
be back at it with Steve Zuckerman. Commercial clients include
Kellogg’s, Tropicana and Huawei. Television credits include
Octane Academy and Interior Motives. Recent notable works
include PRAY TO BALL (Ovation winner) at the Skylight Theatre;
MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, THE BLUE IRIS (NAACP nominee), BAKERSFIELD
MIST (Ovation nominee), A HOUSE NOT MEANT TO STAND (Ovation and
LA Weekly Award nominee) and THE TRAIN DRIVER (Ovation and LA
Weekly Award nominee) all at The Fountain Theatre; GRACE AND
GLORIE (Ovation winner) at The Colony; RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED
REIN-DOORS at The Falcon; YEARS TO THE DAY at Beverly Hills
Playhouse; RECENT TRAGIC EVENTS (LADCC Award nominee), THE LONG
CHRISTMAS RIDE HOME (Ovation nominee), and A SKULL IN CONNEMARA
(Ovation and LADCC winner) at Theatre Tribe. Check the web:
GRETCHEN GOODEProduction Stage Manager
Gretchen is thrilled to step into the role of PSM with such an incredible team. She has worked in theatre since she was 8 years old and also wears the hats of an actor and director. Gretchen holds an MFA from UCONN, studied at PCPA, Steppenwolf, and worked with director John Farmanesh-Bocca as a company member of Shakespeare Santa Monica. Stay in touch at www.gretchengoode.com --Thank you for supporting Theatre in LA!
STEHLIN Producer/Managing Director, New American
Producer: 80+ plays for New American
Theatre/Circus Theatricals including; CREDITORS, More Lies About Jerzy (dir. David Trainer), Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, Bedfellows, 19 One Act
Festivals, As Is, Five Beauties by Tennessee Williams, I Never Sang for My Father, Sister Cities (world
premiere), Titus Redux (w/ Not
Man Apart at Kirk Douglas Theatre and RADAR-LA), LA/Off-Broadway
productions of Man.gov, Harm’s Way,
The Job; Many New American Theatre/Odyssey Theatre
co-productions. Short film Game 7, As an actor; Numerous plays in LA and Chicago.
Film/TV: Watch It, Rancho Cucamonga,
Chicago 8. She made her TV debut as a preschooler on the
children’s program, Romper Room. Jeannine earned a B.S. in Advertising from University of
Illinois and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Illinois Institute of
RON SOSSI Producer, Artistic Director, The Odyssey Theatre
Ron recently received the LA Weekly Career Achievement Award, 2013. He has also received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Margaret Harford Award for "demonstrating a continual willingness to experiment provocatively in the process of theatre" and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Ron Link Award for "consistent quality of direction." Recent OTE directing projects include Oedipus Machina ,Theatre in the Dark (LA Weekly nomination Best Production of the Year), Way to Heaven (LA Weekly & LADCC nomination for Best Production of the Year),Adding Machine: A Musical, The Arsonists (LA Weekly nomination for Best Direction,)Sliding Into Hades (Best Production of the Year, LA Weekly), Kafka Thing!,Far Awayand The Threepenny Opera . Ron has led the Odyssey throughout its 46-year history.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE playwright(1564-1616) Playwright William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest writer of the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He wrote over 38 plays, 154 sonnets and numerous poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language, and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Few records exist about Shakespeare’s private life, but it is known that Shakespeare spend his first twenty years in Stratford, which include his schooling, early marriage and fatherhood; the next twenty-five years as an actor and playwright in London; and the last five in retirement back in Stratford, where he enjoyed moderate wealth gained from his theatrical successes.
Incredibly, there are very few original versions of Shakespeare’s plays. In many cases, they have been constructed in part from scripts written down by various members of an acting company who performed particular roles.
Shakespeare was a favorite of two of England’s monarchs: Elizabeth I (ruled 1558 – 1603) and James I (ruled 16003-1625). King James bestowed upon Shakespeare’s acting company the title of King’s Men.
The Tempest, thought by scholars to be the last play entirely written by Shakespeare, was written in 1610-1611. It was first performed at the royal court by the King’s Men in the fall of 1611, and again during the marriage festivities of King James’s daughter Elizabeth in the winter of 1612-1613.