Sunday, September 18, 2011


There could scarcely be a more provocative start to the season—or a more vivid way to experience Shakespeare’s beloved final play. Unique staging transports you deeply into the middle of the spectacle, music and dance. Immortal themes such as the power of forgiveness and the bond between parent and child. And a cast that includes our Brierley Resident Acting Company and actors from SMU’s MFA program. Talk about a conversation starter!

The play opens in the interior of a commercial airplane. Suddenly, the pilot starts broadcasting a problem. And then the plane seems to crash. My guest, who works for American Airlines, asked if this was why I invited her. She thought the opening reminded her of LOST. And many people we talked to at the cast party, also commented on the similarity to LOST. Shakespeare’s story is strong enough to be reborn in many variations.

A dramatic all white scene is the actual setting for Shakespeare’s Tempest. The staging itself will keep your attention and the cast is excellent. it's a huge production, with sets and costumes by Tony-nominated designer Beowulf Boritt. The cast includes company members Abbey Siegworth, Lee Trull and Steven Walters, along with Dallas actors Christopher Carlos (on loan from Kitchen Dog Theater), J. Brent Alford, Joe Nemmers, Jerry Russell (founder of Fort Worth's Stage West) and Matthew Tomlanovich. Plano native Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, who recently co-starred in the Broadway revival of A Little Night Music, is back in town to play Ariel. Several SMU acting students are in the show, too.

The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kevin Moriarty
Starring Chamblee Ferguson as Prospero

tickets available at or by phone at 214-880-0202

All tickets are $25 in honor of the 25th anniversary of DTC’s Project Discovery
(tickets in Area 4 and Youth tickets are $15)

All Performances:
September 9 – October 9, 2011

Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
ATT Performing Arts Center
2400 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201

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