December 8, 2013 · 12:30 PM
At our next gathering we will dissect and discuss The Tempest! First performed 402 years and 13 days ago today, The Tempest is thought to be Shakespeare's last play (or, at least the last play he wrote solo.)
If you're inclined, please reply in the comments with an area of focus you'll informally present/discuss with the group. This is optional but encouraged as it adds to the discussion.
Also please note- we'll be meeting in Johnstown at Rich's house and having a bit of a Shakespeare-meets-holiday-treats theme. Also note the earlier meeting time of 12:30pm. I'll send the address and directions closer to our meeting.
A quick synopsis from Scmoop.com: "In the Tempest, "Shakespeare portrays an aging magician who has been living in exile with his young daughter on a remote island for the past twelve years. Over the course of a single day, Prospero uses his magic to whip up a tempest to shipwreck the men responsible for his banishment. He then proceeds to dazzle and dismay the survivors (and the audience) with his art as he orchestrates his triumphant return home where he plans to retire in peace."
I'm not sure of the ease/availability of these, but here are a few links to television productions of the play.
BBC Production of the Tempest- click here for an overview
BBC Animated Tales- Part 1- click here for direct YouTube link
The Tempest -full 2010 movie on YouTube. Directed by Julie Taymor