The Tempest November 20, 2014 – November 23, 2014
Thursday – Saturday at 8pm / Sunday at 4pm Ellen Stewart Theatre
"What instantly strikes one is the lightness and wit with which Oh Tae-Suk handles the familiar story… an eloquent testament to the fusion of the best of east and west." – Michael Billington, The Guardian (UK)
By Mokwha Repertory Company (Seoul, Korea) U.S. Premiere Written By William Shakespeare Adapted and directed by Tae-Suk Oh
Inspired by a true story from the Korean Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms, Mokwha Repertory Company’s The Tempest is set in 5th century Korea, infusing Shakespeare’s text with elements of traditional Korean folklore. With music played on Korean instruments and richly layered costumes, this fantastical production will explore the limitations and possibilities of nature through the acts of betrayal, love, forgiveness, and eventual reconciliation. Traditional Korean aesthetics, language, and expressions inspire Director Oh’s unique theatre methodology: his work is rooted in Korea’s cultural past and present. The Tempest will introduce various aspects of Korean history, tradition, and culture to La MaMa’s stage. The Tempest was officially invited by 2011 Edinburgh International Arts Festival and awarded the Herald Angel’s Award.