Island Stage Left celebrates its 20th anniversary with a new production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest on San Juan Island, July 19-August 12.
ISL, the San Juans’ only professional theatre company, will present the show Thursdays-Sundays at 8pm, on the outdoor stage at 1062 Wold Road, after touring to the other San Juan Islands July 11-15.
The Tempest is Shakespeare’s fantasy about a magical island populated by spirits, monsters, a duke-turned-magician, and a group of corrupt castaways including a king, two vicious courtiers, and a pair of inebriated underlings. The plot centers on Prospero, a deposed duke marooned on a remote island with his daughter. rospero has studied magic and gained frightening powers. When his enemies are washed up on the same shore, they’re in his grip. Will he be fair? Can he forgive?
The play contains many of Shakespeare’s best-loved phrases – “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep”…”Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows!” … ”O brave new world, that has such people in it.” And some wonderful insults: “Thou deboshed fish, thou!”
Performances are free, donations are appreciated. Arrive early, dress warmly, bring a blanket. Further info: www.islandstageleft.org (360) 378-5649