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2011 - THE TEMPEST-- part of the RSC's OPEN STAGES project!

It is a great honor to be included in the RSC Open Stages festival with this adaptation of The Tempest, Shakespeare’s last play.  When conceiving this project I took great liberties.  In this telling of the story, the hero, Prospero, is stranded in the hospital fighting a metaphoric tempest – a storm that begins the play with such fury and leaves the hero to weed through the history of family betrayal and his fears surrounding the future of his young daughter.  Having watched my mother die 6 years ago, I was struck by a parallel of Shakespeare’s final musings and the internal storm I observed my mother wade through in her last days of life.  I conceived this production based on the impact of that deeply personal experience and have worked to justify the play’s magic in the context of dreams and specters that Prospero is seeing in the final moments before his death. 

--Adapter and Director Valeri Lantz-Gefroh

Past Productions


2003 - TWO ROOMS by Lee Blessing

2003 - Staged reading of THE BUTTERFLY COLLECTION by Theresa Rebeck

2001 - WHAT REMAINS

2001- TALLER by Valeri Lantz-Gefroh


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