The Tempest Movie

Here’s a look at the big-screen adaptation of William Shakespeare The Tempest directed by Julie Taymor (Across the Universe). It opens in New York City and Los Angeles on December 10th.  It’s starring the Helen Mirren (playing Prospero/Prospera), Djimon Hounsou, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina, Alan Cumming, Chris Cooper, David Strathairn. The Tempest wasn’t one of my favorite plays from the Bard, probably because by brain was fried from college finals when I was reading it.  Or maybe it’s because I didn’t care for the plot very much.  Either way, I will probably try to catch the movie when it comes out in NYC because I love the African hunk Djimon Hounsou and think Dame Helen Mirren is a great actress and well Shakespeare is still Shakespeare and I adore him.

Tempest Summary via Wiki:

“It is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio’s low nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso’s son, Ferdinand.”

[Source Just Jared Cinema Blend Wikipedia]

All the City is a Stage- Shakespeare in NYC

If you live in NYC you already know how amazing NYC summers are.  Mainly because of the boatload of free events they have.  Many of you, hopefully, have heard of Shakespeare in the Park,  you probably also know how difficult it is to get tickets.

This is because:

1. It’s Shakespeare and he’s amazing (duh)

2. They usually have one big time actor in the play

3. It’s free

Well don’t fret! I’ve done all the hard work and found free Shakespeare plays in NYC this summer.

Shakespeare in the Park

The Merchant of Venice

The Winters Tale

June 9 – August

This year Al Pacino is in it! Also Jesse L. Martin from “Law & Order”, and the ginger Jesse Tyler Ferguson from “Modern Family”.

New York Classical Theatre

Much Ado About Nothing

Battery Park City (July 17-Aug. 1)

Central Park (Aug. 5-29)

In this show the scenes move and the audience picks up and moves with them. Sounds fun!

The Boomerang Theatre

The Tempest

On weekends until July 18th in Central Park

Hudson Warehouse

Romeo & Juliet

Aug 5- 29

No tickets required just show up!

This is actually a modern Afghanistan version of R&J.

“Assume a virtue if you have it not.” –Hamlet

Insult someone Shakespeare style!