Shakespeare's The Tempest
Sail with us this summer to a fantastical enchanted island, where the defeated magician, Duke Prospero, has been stranded for twelve years with his beautiful daughter, Miranda. When a tempest washes a shipful of castaways ashore, it sets off a sea-change that promises either bloodshed and revenge, or the reconciliation of enemies and safe passage home. Often seen as Shakespeare’s final farewell to the stage and the pinnacle of his works, The Tempest is an excellent first play for those new to Shakespeare, and a rewarding must-read for those with more familiarity. The play teaches and delights as it explores the problem of human wickedness, the transformative power of art, and the necessary place of forgiveness in the human community.