Ben Randle

THEATRE DIRECTOR

Randle joins Creative Team of CalShakes' new 'Tempest'

Ben Randle has joined the creative team as Assistant Director of California Shakespeare Theater's upcoming production of Shakespeare's The Tempest directed by Cal Shakes Artistic Director Jonathan Msocone.

The production will open the company's 39th seaon and plays May 30-June 24, at CalShakes' Ampitheatre in Orinda, California.

As described in press materials, Tempest features "a story-telling ensemble of six actors and three dancers conjure a highly-theatricalized, dance-filled world of romance, treachery, revenge and redemption. Actors switch characters in front of your eyes as both a celebration of theater and a revelation of the mutability of character in a world where identity is defined by relative positions of power".

The production features the return to the Bay Area stage of Oregon Shakespeare Festival company member and Broadway and TV veteran (from “The Gilmore Girls”) Michael Winters as the wizard Prospero and the drunken butler Stephano, and celebrated choreographer Erika Chong Shuch as the spirit Ariel. The company of The Tempest also includes: James Carpenter (last seen at Cal Shakes in the title role of Titus Andronicus) as King Alonso; Catherine Castellanos (Pastures of Heaven, Romeo and Juliet; Phedre at Shotgun Players) as Caliban and Antonio; Emily Kitchens (Clybourne Park at A.C.T.) as Miranda and Sebastian; and Nicholas Pelczar (Titus Andronicus, Taming of the Shrew) as Ferdinand and Trinculo. The island sprites will be played by professional dancers Melanie Elms (Margaret Jenkins Dance Company) and Travis Santell Rowland (Deborah Slater Dance Company), and by first-year ACT MFA student Aaron Moreland.

The design team includes scenic design by Emily Greene, costume design by Anna Oliver, lighting design by Gabe Maxson, and sound design/music by Cliff Caruthers. Others on the artistic team include Associate Artist Domenique Lozano (vocal/text coach); Philippa Kelly (dramaturg), Corrie Bennett (stage manager), and Jannette Coté (assistant stage manager).

For more information and tickets, visit calshakes.org