Shakespeare's still live and kicking: Check out 'The Tempest'

By by dianna wray/
Sept. 21, 2011 at 4:21 a.m.

I admit it, I'm kind of a Shakespeare junky, so when I heard there was a production of "The Tempest" in Wimberly, I got a little giddy.

The Bard isn't for everyone, so if you were that guy at the table that announced you don't like his old-fashioned stuff, I would try to be quiet and respect your views - for about a minute.

See, there's a reason Shakespeare's works have survived all this time.

Despite the fact that most of his works were written between 1589 and 1610, Shakespeare's plays still make sense today. The stories he tells, the emotions he evokes - whether he is making you cry or laugh, he is doing it by striking a nerve of feeling about something true.

"The Tempest" was one of Shakespeare's last plays. It tells the story of the magician Prospero, an exiled duke trying to reclaim his rightful title.

A storm, whipped up by Prospero, delivers a ship full of his enemies on the shores of his island of exile, and then, things get interesting.

In the midst of lots of plotting and scheming, Prospero's daughter, Miranda, falls in love with Ferdinand, the son of his enemy. Don't worry though. This isn't tragedy, so things end well for the young lovers.

Not everybody grooves to Shakespeare's language. He was writing way back in the Elizabethan era - they didn't even have TV back then.

Language is a fluid thing, and meanings change. I heart me some Shakespeare, but even I can admit that reading him can leave me pretty befuddled. It's pretty, but I'll find myself not exactly sure what it means.

That's where the greatness of live performance comes in. Shakespeare is impressive reading material, but his work is a whole lot more fun if you get to see it on stage, the way it was intended.

You've got the chance to do just that with an outdoor production of "The Tempest" at the EmilyAnn Theatre in Austin.

He may have been writing way back when, but the human experience, the feelings he captured are still alive and vibrant today.

Besides, he's awesome. You'll love it. Why wouldn't you? He's friggin' Shakespeare, after all.



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