MARCH 2-4 + MARCH 9-11 AT 8PM

About the production

Stanford TAPS presents William Shakespeare's The Tempest, a vibrant, out-of-this-world tale of romance, revenge, and forgiveness. As Shakespeare's works go, few are more magical than The Tempest, a fantastical and deeply human play about an exiled sorcerer, his budding daughter, a civilization abandoned, and a world reborn. This production is presented in conjunction with the TAPS Undergraduate Acting Program.

ABOUT the artists

Amy Freed is the author of The Monster Builder, Restoration Comedy, The Beard of Avon, Freedomland, Safe in Hell, The Psychic Life of Savages, You, Nero, and other plays. Her work has been produced at South Coast Repertory Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Seattle Repertory, American Conservatory Theater, Yale Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley Rep, the Goodman, Playwrights' Horizons, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage and other theaters . Playwriting awards include Charles MacArthur Award, Kesselring Prize, LA and Bay Area Critics' Circle Awards, Pulitzer Prize Finalist (Freedomland). She currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University.
Larry Hecht began his professional career in the San Francisco Bay Area over four decades ago. He acted, taught, and directed with the American Conservatory Theatre for 25 years. He has also appeared with Berkeley Rep, the Marin Theatre Company, the Magic Theatre, San Jose Rep, Livermore Shakespeare Festival, and more. Beyond the Bay, he’s worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Arizona Theatre Company, and the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts. For the last 18 years, at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, he served as Head of Acting for the renowned National Theatre Conservatory. Mr. Hecht is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and the ACT Advanced Training Program. His ventures into film have included the role of Neal Prescott in Wes Craven’s Scream Trilogy. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
Art Manke is a nationally recognized director of classics, musicals and new work who is based in Los Angeles. His work has been seen across the country, including at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. Upcoming projects include directing Amy Freed’s The Monster Builder (South Coast Repertory), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Santa Cruz Shakespeare) and the world premiere of his new musical play, Pearl’s in the House. Manke is a member of Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.
Connie Strayer has been designing costumes for over 25 years educationally and professionally. Some of her recent costume design credits include Importance of Being Earnest and Hay Fever for Stanford Repertory Theater; Cosi fan Tutte and The Flying Dutchman for Opera San Jose; Radio Golf for TheatreWorks; Amy Seiwart’s Les Biches, Robert Moses’ Bloom and It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker for Menlowe Ballet. As a textile artist, she has worked on numerous projects for the San Francisco Ballet such as Rite of Spring, The Firebird, Classical Symphony, Reflections, Fifth Season, Carnival of Animals, as well as Baz Lurhman Productions, Teatro Zinzanni, and ODC.
Erik Flatmo teaches set design in TAPS and has designed scenery for many TAPS productions including the musicals Oh What A Lovely War, Evita, The Color Purple, and Rent. He continues to work professionally as a set designer based in San Francisco. Prior to joining Stanford, he taught at Barnard College in New York City for three years where he also worked on theatre and dance projects ranging from Off-Broadway to Broadway and the Metropolitan Opera. Flatmo received a B.A. in Architecture from Columbia University and an M.F.A in Design from the Yale School of Drama. He was born and raised in Palo Alto.
James Sherwood is a senior majoring in TAPS and Economics. Past productions at Stanford include A Kingdom…, The Fantasticks, Higher Ground (Lighting Designer); Spring Awakening (Stage Manager); Hairspray, Brotherhood (Producer); Rent, Wild Party (Production Manager). This Spring, he will be producing The Laramie Project for his senior capstone.
Cliff Caruthers is a Bay Area-based sound designer and composer whose work has been heard from coast to coast and points between. Regional theater highlights include American Night, The Tempest, and The Seagull for Cal Shakes; Elektra, The Homecoming, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Race for A.C.T.; Crime and Punishment and TRAGEDY: a tragedy for Berkeley Rep; Julius Caesar for The Acting Company; Happy Days for the Guthrie; Gross Indecency and The Diary of Anne Frank for Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Troilus and Cressida for Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Ubu Roi and Pelleas & Melisande for the Cutting Ball Theater; Bug and Dead Man’s Cell Phone for SF Playhouse; The Happy Ones for Magic Theatre; The Loudest Man on Earth, The Clean House and Memphis for TheatreWorks; and Lasso of Truth, Circle Mirror Transformation, and 9 Circles for Marin Theatre. Mr. Caruthers is also co-curator and technical director of the San Francisco Tape Music Festival and has performed his electronic music compositions internationally.


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where to go

This performance is in Pigott Theater, located on the north side of the Memorial Auditorium Complex. For directions and parking information, CLICK HERE.


TAPS hosts PREFACE: The Creative Process on Friday, February 24th at 12-1PM in Pigott Theater. An in-depth look at the play in advance of the production, this free PREFACE presentation features director Amy Freed, renowned Shakespearean scholar Stephen Orgel, and dramaturgs in TAPS's Ph.D. students.


a look behind the scenes