Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department Presents Shakespeare’s Timeless Classic ‘The Tempest’ Feb. 28-March 2, 7-9

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department will present William Shakespeare’s final play “The Tempest” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 28-March 2 and March 7-9 in the Spanos Theatre on campus. 

“‘The Tempest’ is Shakespeare’s last known solo play; considered by many one of his best,” said Josh Machamer, chair of the Cal Poly Theatre and Dance Department and director of the production. “A distant island, a storm, a shipwreck, and some magic — in this reimagining of Shakespeare’s classical play, all is not what it seems. Plots of revenge are hatched, young love blossoms, and those that are lost become found.”

“The Tempest” features the work of Theatre and Dance Department students, faculty and staff, including Thomas J. Bernard, costume designer; Clint Bryson, technical director; Brian Healy, scenic and lighting designer; new faculty member Karin Hendricks, intimacy director; and theatre arts juniors Samantha Boyarsky, props designer, and Anna Bubier, sound designer. In addition, about 40 students from a variety of majors are contributing to the production through construction, backstage work, management, publicity and performance.

Tickets are $20 for the public and $12 for students, senior citizens and children. Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Ticket Office from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To order by phone, call 805-SLO-4TIX (805-756-4849). 

The performance is sponsored by Cal Poly’s Theatre and Dance Department, College of Liberal Arts, and Instructionally Related Activities Program.

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 About the Cal Poly Theatre Program
The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts Program at Cal Poly is to provide students with a foundation in the theory and practice of theatre. By providing academic instruction, hands-on activities and supervised training, majors will develop knowledge of the various aspects of theatre: history, dramatic literature, playwriting, performing, production, directing, design and administrative practices. The program is delivered within a liberal arts framework — intended to advance the value of collaboration at all levels of study and designed to not only produce theatre artists with strong written and verbal skills but also globally-minded citizens prepared to enter into a variety of fields. The producing of plays by the Theatre and Dance Department is seen as our artistic, academic and civic responsibility: to present the reflection of experiences both lived and imagined — coming together and actively engaging in the idea that theatre is a story that communities tell about themselves.

Contact: Josh Machamer

January 31, 2019

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