The Tempest
A.R.T. Season
May 11, 2014 - June 15, 2014

Experience Prospero’s wizardry as never before in this startling production, featuring magic created by Teller (of the legendary duo Penn & Teller). When shipwrecked aristocrats wash up on the shores of Prospero’s strange island, they find themselves immersed in a world of trickery and amazement, where Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan's Dust Bowl balladry, Teller’s magic, and Pilobolus's movement animate the spirits and monsters. The Tempest is a co-production with The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Nevada.

Standing Room Tickets

A very limited number of standing room tickets for select sold-out shows will be sold on the day of each show, in person only and only 1 ticket per person, from A.R.T. Ticket Services. The Ticket Office opens at 12:00PM.


The Tempest Audience Reaction: 

Tempest Audience Reivews

Creative team

William Shakespeare

Adapted and Directed by

Aaron Posner and Teller

Magic by Teller
Songs by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan

Matt Kent, Pilobolus

Scenic Design Daniel Conway
Costume Design Paloma Young
Lighting Design Christopher Akerlind
Sound Design Darron L West
Magic Design Johnny Thompson
Magic Engineering and Construction Thom Rubino
Music Direction and Arrangements Shaina Taub
Instrument Design and Wollesonics Kenny Wollesen


Stage Manager Katie Ailinger
Prospero Tom Nelis
Miranda Charlotte Graham
Ariel Nate Dendy
Caliban Zachary Eisenstat, Manelich Minniefee
Antonio Louis Butelli
Gonzala Dawn Didawick
Alonso Christopher Donahue
Ferdinand Joby Earle
Sebastian Edmund Lewis
Stephano Eric Hissom
Trinculo Jonathan M. Kim
Rough Magic Miche Braden, Michael Brun, Shaina Taub, Nate Tucker
Minion Christopher Rose
Additional staff
Associate Director Allegra Libonati
Assistant Stage Manager - A.R.T. Taylor Brennan
Assistant Stage - The Smith Center Erin Guernsey
Assistant Director Magdalene Ellsworth
Assistant to the Directors

Susanna Wolk

Assistant Choreographer Manelich Minniefee
Associate Set Designer

Andrew Cohen

Assistant Set Designers

Paige Hathaway, Joshua Madsen 

Set Design Intern

Daniel Prodsky

Associate Costume Designer

Katherine Nowacki 

Associate Lighting Designer

Brian Jones

Associate Sound Designer

Charles Coes

Magic Technician Christopher Rose
Levitation Illusion

John Gaughan

Metal Fabrication

Bryan Schuette

Master Electrician

Derek Wiles

Prop Acquisition

Vinny Giordano 

Special Magic Seamstress

Lynetta Welch

A.R.T. Production Dramaturg

Morgan Goldstein 

A.R.T. Voice Coach

Jeremy Sortore 

Production Assistants - The Smith Center

Katherine Davis, Crystal Murphy 

Smith Center Tech Liaison

Justin Lex

Producing Intern

Ruth Lichtman 



For Prospero: Louis Butelli; For Ariel: Christopher Rose


Special Thanks

William B. Collins; Beth Emelson; Janet Griffin; T. Gene Hatcher; Tony Hsieh; Penn, Emily, Moxie, and Zolten Jillette; Gabrielle Lyster; Barbara Mowat; Norm and Lupe Nielsen; Michele Osherow; Arthur Penn; Maisie Ann Posner; David G. Rosenbaum; Angel Sugg; Pam Thompson; UNLV; Erin Weaver; Judi Williams.

From the Penn & Teller office: Glenn Alai, Steven Doctors, Laura Foley, Nate Santucci, Ezekiel Zabrowski.

Special thanks to Rio All-Suites Hotel and Caesars Entertainment for hosting The Tempest in workshop at the Penn & Teller Theater.

Thanks to the following actors who participated in the developmental workshops for The Tempest: Tommy Derrah, Brittany Duff, Mark Fucik, Alexander Hernandez, Ted Hewlett, Carol Kane, Nathan Keepers, John Kuntz, Patrick Page, Mindy Woodhead, and Henry Woronicz.

Fanciful, mysterious and full of cheerily broad comedy, this is a "Tempest" that will give equal pleasure to seasoned playgoers and novices who quake in their boots at the mention of iambic pentameter. It is—in a word—magical. More

It’s a telling experience when you wake up the morning after seeing a play, and it’s still there with you, its spectacles, sounds and surprises pulsing in your mind hours after the theater emptied. More

Despite its stylistic edge, the ART’s new production of “The Tempest” doesn’t blow up Shakespeare’s play so much as bring it alive in new garb.

Magic was in Teller’s blood from a young age, and, it turns out, so was Shakespeare. When he was ten his grandfather -- a Russian immigrant who worked as a Philadelphia streetcar driver -- gave the family a complete set of Shakespeare’s plays.  More

Teller, the mononymous magician, says that his upcoming production of “The Tempest” began as the stuff of dreams — his, to be precise. More

The magician Teller, of Penn & Teller fame, is known for stunning illusions. He’s also known for not speaking onstage. So you may be surprised to learn that Teller actually loves the spoken word — particularly that of the great master, William Shakespeare. More

For the past few years, Teller, the usually silent half of the Las Vegas illusion duo known as Penn & Teller, has been conjuring an ambitious theatrical collaboration — a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s fantasy play “The Tempest” with a live band, acrobatic choreography and hefty doses of magic. More

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Run time

2 hours plus an intermission.


64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668


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Need to know

Grade 3 and Up
The Dust Bowl circus theme and use of stage magic make this a family-friendly production of Shakespeare’s play.  The plot may be a little too complex for youngsters to follow, but prepared children age 8 and up will be taken in by the spectacle and enjoy the overall experience.  Very young children may be frightened by the loud noises and simulated storm. 

 ASL Dates: 

June 3, 7:30PM
June 8, 2:00PM


 Audio Described Dates: 

June 4, 7:30PM*
June 7, 2:00PM*

*Touch tour 1 hour prior


Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

There will be post-show discussions after the following select matinee performances:
May 17, May 21, May 24, May 28, May 31, and June 4.

There will also be a post-performance discussion with Dr. Jeremy Wolfe on Tuesday, May 27, following the 7:30PM performance.

Dr. Wolfe will discuss how it is possible to miss so much of what happens right in front of your eyes.


Jeremy Wolfe is Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. He is Director of the Visual Attention Lab and the Center for Advanced Medical Imaging at Brigham and Women's Hospital. His research focuses on visual search and visual attention with a particular interest in socially important search tasks in areas such as medical image perception (e.g. cancer screening) and security (e.g. baggage screening). He taught Introductory Psychology for 25 years at MIT and Harvard.

Performance sponsors:

Cambridge Trust Company

Zita Ezpeleta and Kewsong Lee

Sarah Hancock

Alan Jones and Ashley Garrett

Lisbeth Tarlow and Stephen Kay