WAMU 88.5 and Lean & Hungry Theater will present a live-to-air broadcast of Shakespeare’s classic play, The Tempest, at 6 p.m., March 4, 2012. The performance will take place at Wilson High School (3950 Chesapeake St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20016).
Actors will transform the playwright’s masterpiece into a one-hour radio broadcast, performing the work in front of stationary microphones. The performance will air simultaneously on WAMU 88.5. Audience members are invited to participate in the post-performance discussion moderated by WAMU 88.5’s Kojo Nnamdi.
Lean & Hungry Theater’s science fiction radio adaptation of The Tempest takes place in the distant future, far across the universe in the Naples Galaxy. Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, live on a small planet, where their spaceship crash landed after Prospero was ousted from his dukedom by his usurping brother. With only Miranda, the hideous alien Caliban, and a sentient computer program named Ariel for company, Prospero has waited for a chance to get his revenge on Antonio and his ally, the Queen of the Naples Galaxy. When Antonio and the Queen, along with the queen's son Ferdinand, fly close to Prospero's planet, he forces them to crash land by creating a cosmic tempest. Using his mastery of technology, Prospero sends everyone into a mad, hilarious dance – scheming brothers, buffoonish butlers, young lovers, aliens and computers all chasing each other around the planet – until he brings them all together for the final confrontation.
Tickets for The Tempest are $25. Click here for tickets and other information.
Lean & Hungry Theater is a non-profit educational radio drama company, and is the only company in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area dedicated to adapting works of Shakespeare and other classic playwrights for audio distribution, including radio broadcast, CD, and download. For more information, visit leanandhungrytheater.com.