So Shakespeare’s The Tempest begins—not with those exact words, of course, but with a storm conjured by Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, setting this tale in motion.
A more appropriate quote may be from the play itself, with its shipwreck victims, a strange plot, and a mischievous spirit—”Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.”
Kathryn Bikle directed last summer’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Caltech. She is an Altadena resident and has worked with Pasadena’s Basement Theatre and Arroyo Repertory Theater. This production’s original music is by Yulan Lin, who has performed with the L.A. Opera and the Master Chorale.
The Caltech Players are a mix of Caltech students, staff and faculty, JPLers, and residents of Pasadena. Todd Brun plays Prospero and is a Caltech alum, while Zachary Abbott plays King Alonso and is a staff member. Kelvin Bates plays Prospero’s daughter’s love interest Ferdinand and he’s a grad student, while JPL is represented by Ashley Stroupe (Trinculo), who is a Mars Rover driver (cool!).
And just for good measure: “A pox o’ your throat, you bawling, blasphemous, incharitable dog!”
The Tempest by the Caltech Players
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Aug. 8th-10th, 7:30 p.m.
345 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena in the gardens behind Alumni House
Tickets: general, $10; students, $5
Tickets sold at the door, but may be reserved at explicit.caltech.edu
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