“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” So says Ariel in William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” This Wednesday, August 31 marks the last week to see REBATEnsemble Theatre Group perform The Bard’s famous comedy. Just like in ye olden times, fans can see the show outdoors at the grove adjacent to Volunteer Park Conservatory.
Directed by Tom Dang, event organizers describe their adaptation as a reimagining of this play with “dancing spirits and blood magic staged in-the-park to depict an image of retaliation against oppression.” They continue:
Inspired by the recent Syrian-refugee crisis, the ISIL agenda of imperialistic violence, and ongoing racism and domestic aggression towards minority cultures in the US; our mounting of “The Tempest” brings to the forefront a darker side of Shakespeare’s popular comedy. This production refocuses the classic by highlighting themes of vengeance, sacrifice and cultural domination to present our audiences with a picture of imperialistic violence and the consequences of cultural oppression. This production is also inspired by music, dances and images of cultures all around the world.
Visit the event’s Facebook for the full cast and ticketing info.
When: August 31-September 3, 7-9pm
Where: Volunteer Park Conservatory (1400 E Galer St)