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The Tempest

June 17 - July 22

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

Photo Credits

The cast of The Tempest. Photo by Jim Cox.

The Tempest


By William Shakespeare
Directed by Joe Dowling

Prospera, the Duchess of Milan, lives in exile on a desert island after being thrown out of power by her wicked brother. For company, she has only her daughter Miranda, the spirits who are native to the island, and her beloved books. The books are the source of her dark magic, which she uses to lure her enemies to the island so she can exact revenge. But her plot could destroy Miranda’s happiness, so Prospera must choose between her own anger and her daughter’s future. Under the direction of the renowned Joe Dowling, this enchanting fantasy kicks off the 2018 Shakespeare Festival with spectacle under the stars.

Video: Barry Edelstein talks about The Tempest

Production Sponsors
Diane and John Berol
Karen and Donald Cohn
Pam Farr and Buford Alexander
Vicki and Carl Zeiger

Artist Sponsor for Philippe Bowgen (Ariel)
Jeanette Stevens

This production is supported in part by the Jean and Gary Shekhter Fund for Classic Theatre.

Running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes. There is one 15-minute intermission.

Groups of 10 or more may purchase discounted tickets, and tickets may also be purchased as part of a money-saving season package.

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Cast and Creative



William Shakespeare (Playwright), 1564–1616, was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. During his career he wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and other verses. His body of plays consists of the tragedies Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, and Troilus and Cressida; the comedies All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Two Noble Kinsmen; the romances Cymbeline, Pericles, The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale; and the histories Henry IV Parts I and II, Henry V, Henry VI Parts I, II, and III, Henry VIII, King John, Richard II, and Richard III. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

Joe Dowling (Director) began his career as an actor at Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s national theatre. He became the youngest-ever Artistic Director of the Abbey in 1978. He founded and directed the Gaiety School of Acting, Ireland’s first theatre school. In 1995, he became Director of Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, where he served for 20 years. During his time at the Guthrie, he oversaw the building of the new three-theatre complex on the banks of the Mississippi River. Mr. Dowling has directed extensively in his native Ireland, on Broadway, in London’s West End, and in many theatres in Canada and the United States. He holds honorary degrees from a number of universities, including National University of Ireland, University of Minnesota, Gonzaga University, and University of St. Thomas, St. Paul.

Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design) designed the Globe’s productions of The Comedy of Errors (Craig Noel Award); A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Craig Noel Award); Kiss Me, Kate; Pygmalion; Other Desert Cities;and many more. Also locally, he designed The Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse; Craig Noel Award). His Broadway credits include Anastasia (Outer Critics Award nomination), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Present Laughter (Tony nomination), Old Acquaintance, Butley, and Hedda Gabler. Mr. Dodge’s recent Off Broadway credits include Harry Clarke (Vineyard Theatre); The Liar (Classic Stage Company); Ripcord (Manhattan Theatre Club); Rapture, Blister, Burn (Playwrights Horizons); Lips Together, Teeth Apart (Second Stage Theatre); The Understudy (Roundabout Theatre Company); Measure for Pleasure (The Public Theater); and Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme (Lincoln Center Theater, Lucille Lortel Award). Mr. Dodge’s West End credits include All New People, and his opera credits include Samson et Dalila (Metropolitan Opera), The Ghosts of Versailles (LA Opera), Dinner at Eight (Minnesota Opera, Wexford Festival Opera), Il Trittico (Deutsche Oper Berlin), and Lohengrin (Müpa Budapest). He has also designed for “Julie’s Greenroom” starring Julie Andrews (Netflix). He received his M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama.

David Israel Reynoso (Costume Design) is a scenic and costume designer who recently designed the Globe’s productions of The Wanderers, Red Velvet, The Blameless, tokyo fish story, Constellations, Twelfth Night, Arms and the Man, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Double Indemnity, and Be a Good Little Widow. Mr. Reynoso is the Obie Award–winning costume designer for Sleep No More (New York and Shanghai) and is also the creator/director of Waking La Llorona. He is recognized locally for his designs of At the Old Place, Tiger Style!, Healing Wars, The Darrell Hammond Project, and Kingdom City, all at La Jolla Playhouse. His other selected work includes Hamlet (American Conservatory Theater), Futurity, Cabaret, The Snow Queen, Alice vs. Wonderland, Trojan Barbie, Copenhagen, No Man’s Land, Hamletmachine, Ajax in Iraq, and Abigail’s Party (American Repertory Theater), and The Comedy of Errors and Othello (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Mr. Reynoso is also the recipient of an Elliot Norton Award, a Craig Noel Award nomination, and multiple IRNE and BroadwayWorld Award nominations. davidreynoso.com.

Philip S. Rosenberg (Lighting Design) has designed the Broadway productions of Pretty Woman: The Musical, The Elephant Man, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,and It’s Only a Play. His Off Broadway credits include The Ruins of Civilization, The Explorer’s Club,and Cactus Flower. His regional credits include productions with The Old Globe, The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, Guthrie Theater, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Center, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, McCarter Theatre Center, Manhattan School of Music, Portland Stage, The Actors Company Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theater, Goodspeed Musicals, Two River Theater, George Street Playhouse, and Westport Country Playhouse.

Jonathan Deans (Sound Design) recently designed Jagged Little Pill; Waitress; Red Velvet; Finding Neverland; Witness Uganda; The Heart of Robin Hood; Kiss Me, Kate; Pippin (Tony Award nomination); A Second Chance; Carrie (Drama Desk Award nomination); Priscilla Queen of the Desert; Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark; La Cage aux Folles (Tony and Drama Desk nominations); Young Frankenstein; The Pirate Queen; Lestat; Taboo; Follies; Seussical; The Music Man; Fosse; Parade; Candide;and Ragtime. With well over 100 productions of musicals, plays, operas, and spectaculars, Mr. Deans’s work also includes Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson ONE, The Beatles LOVE, KÀ, CRISS ANGEL Believe, Zumanity, Viva ELVIS, O, Mystère, La Nouba, OVO, Corteo, Wintuk, and Saltimbanco. He also consults with manufacturers on the development of products for live theatre. designingsound.com.

Keith Thomas (Original Music, Music Director) has 24 seasons at Stratford Festival and dozens of productions at Guthrie Theater to his credit, and he has been composer, musical director, and lyricist for A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Gate Theatre), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Theatre Company; Helen Hayes Award), Amigo’s Blue Guitar (Tarragon Theatre; Dora Mavor Moore Award), Rose (Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company; Dora nomination), Coeur de Chien and Les Nuits Blanches (Théâtre Français de Toronto), Born Yesterday (Shaw Festival Theatre), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Love’s Labour’s Lost (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), as well as composing for productions across Canada, including National Arts Centre, Arts Club Theatre Company, Citadel Theatre, Centaur Theatre, and Segal Centre. His film and television credits include Mordecai Richler: The Last of the Wild Jews and King Lear. Mr. Thomas is thrilled to be making his debut at The Old Globe.

David Huber (Voice and Dialect Coach) has worked on the Globe productions of Native Gardens, A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Wanderers, Uncle Vanya, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hamlet, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!, The Imaginary Invalid, Skeleton Crew, Red Velvet, The Blameless, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, October Sky, Meteor Shower, Sense and Sensibility, Macbeth, tokyo fish story, Camp David, Constellations, Rain, and Bright Star, among many others. His previous Globe acting credits include The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Merchant of Venice, among several others. He is a graduate of the Graduate Voice Teacher Diploma Program at York University in Toronto. His regional theatre acting credits include The Old Globe, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Pittsburgh Playhouse, PCPA Theaterfest, Texas Shakespeare Festival, Center REPertory Company, and Centennial Theater Festival, among many others. Mr. Huber coaches voice, speech, and acting privately and at several local colleges, and he also works with special-needs clients. He is an M.F.A. graduate of The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.

Tara Rubin Casting/Laura Schutzel, CSA (Casting) has cast the Globe’s Guys and Dolls, Othello, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Dog and Pony, A Room with a View, and others. Their select Broadway credits include King Kong (upcoming), The Band’s Visit, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Prince of Broadway, Bandstand, Indecent, Sunset Boulevard, Miss Saigon, Dear Evan Hansen, A Bronx Tale The Musical, Cats, Falsettos, Disaster!, School of Rock, Gigi, Bullets Over Broadway, Aladdin, Les Misérables, The Heiress, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Billy Elliot: The Musical, Shrek The Musical, Young Frankenstein, Mary Poppins, Spamalot, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys, and The Phantom of the Opera. Their Off Broadway credits include The Band’s Visit, Here Lies Love,and Love, Loss, and What I Wore. They have also cast regionally for Yale Repertory Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Paper Mill Playhouse, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager) has previously worked on The Old Globe’s world premiere musical productions of Benny & Joon, October Sky, Bright Star, Dog and Pony, Allegiance, A Room with a View, and Kingdom. Some of her additional credits include The Wanderers; The Importance of Being Earnest; King Richard II; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Kiss Me, Kate; The Twenty-seventh Man; The Winter’s Tale; Be a Good Little Widow; and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. Ms. Nero worked on the Broadway production of Bright Star and launched the first national tour last fall. Her selected La Jolla Playhouse credits include Sideways directed by Des McAnuff, Ruined directed by Liesl Tommy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Christopher Ashley, and Herringbone directed by Roger Rees and starring BD Wong. Ms. Nero has worked with several prominent regional theatres including The Kennedy Center, Center Theatre Group (Ahmanson and Kirk Douglas Theatres), Hartford Stage, SITI Company, Huntington Theatre Company, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, to name a few, including having toured both nationally and internationally with several dance and music companies.

Amanda Salmons (Assistant Stage Manager) has previously worked at The Old Globe on American Mariachi; The Importance of Being Earnest; Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!; Benny & Joon; King Richard II; The Blameless; October Sky; Macbeth; Rain; The Metromaniacs; Kiss Me, Kate; The White Snake; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; The Last Goodbye; Globe for All (2014–2015); the Summer Shakespeare Festival (2011–2013); Somewhere; Lost in Yonkers; I Do! I Do!; and The Price. Her other credits include Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin (La Jolla Playhouse), Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage), The Foreigner, miXtape, See How They Run, The Music Man,and The Rivalry (Lamb’s Players Theatre), The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Candide, and Trial by Jury (Lyric Opera San Diego), and SummerFest (La Jolla Music Society).


Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminars

This series provides Old Globe patrons with an opportunity to closely connect with productions both onstage and backstage. A panel selected from the artistic company of each show (playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and/or technicians) engages patrons in an informal and illuminating presentation of ideas and insights to enhance the theatre going experience. Each Insights Seminar takes place 90 minutes before curtain time on the Tuesday after performances begin, and includes an informal reception 30 minutes before the start. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.


Post-Show Forums

Join us after the show for an informal and enlightening question-and-answer session with cast members. Get the "inside story" on creating a character and putting together a professional production. Post-show forums are scheduled after select Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Shakespeare in the Garden

Shakespeare in the Garden is a series of informal presentations that enhance the Summer Shakespeare Festival experience. These seminars feature members of the Festival creative team and take place in the Craig Noel Garden before each performance. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, June 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.


“An entertaining production. It’s the actors doing what they do best — responding to the dramatic situation in language charged with radiant meaning — that truly captivates our imagination.” —Los Angeles Times

“A satisfying whirl of wit and wizardry.Broadway and screen veteran and three-time Tony Award nominee Kate Burton is utterly commanding.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune