LARGE CAST PLAYS
Copyright 2013. Scott Hunter. All rights reserved
Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, dwells on an enchanted island with his daughter, Miranda. Years earlier, the duke's brother, Antonio, and Isabella, the Queen of Naples, conspired to take his throne. They set Prospero and Miranda adrift in a boat which floated ashore. As the play opens a ship carrying all Prospero’s old enemies is sailing past the island. What they don’t know is that in the intervening years Prospero has become a mighty sorcerer. He creates a Tempest and a shipwreck. Everyone ends up on one island where comedy with Italians abounds. Yes, everyone is Italian on the boat, which means it's time for Commedia dell'arte where I come from.
We begin our version of the play with a film of Prospero playing with his action figures and being interrupted by his Sea Nymph servant, Ariel. He explains to her, and the audience, his plan without the Shakespearean exposition. The pictures on this site are stills from that movie.
Along the way we have also changed most of the parts from men to women and added a ton of well choreographed, dancing Sea Nymphs. Prospero could also be played by a woman with a few modifications.
By William Shakespeare
(Shakespeare wrote 18 speaking parts, 14m, 4f)
Adapted by Scott Hunter
31 speaking parts, 6m, 19f, 6m/f