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Pulse Presents 'Tempest' as Free Summer Play

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Pulse Ensemble Theatre will present The Tempest in Riverbank State Park in August as its third annual free summer Shakespeare production.

The multi-ethnic, open-air performance will continue the company's tradition of updating the visual aspects of Shakespeare's plays while sticking to the original language.

"The goal is to excite and entertain a non-theatre going audience, and inspire them with the limitless possibilities of live theatre," said Alexa Kelly, the company's artistic director since 1989.

Set on a mountainous island near North Africa, this version of The Tempest has been inspired by the popular television drama Lost, featuring Secret Service escorts, travel by yacht, and music from The Bulgarian women's choir and African drummers.

Last summer's production, Romeo and Juliet, was loosely based on Law & Order and featured Juliet dancing to music from the modern pop group The Black Eyed Peas.

George Tynan Crowley, who will play the magician Prospero, has appeared in 22 Shakespeare productions, including both Ferdinand and Trinculo in previous versions of The Tempest.

The Tempest will run Aug. 2-26 in Riverbank State Park, 138th Street & Riverside Drive. All performances are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The complete cast is as follows:

Prospero — George Tynan Crowley

Miranda — Lauren Davis

Ariel — Rushanah Simmons, Hannah Sloat, Linda Lee McBride

Caliban — Bashir Solebo

Alonzo — Dan Burkarth

Antonio — Kevin Hauver

Ferdinand — Brian Cade

Sebastian — Enrico Spada

Gonzalo — Richard Vernon

Adrien — Kate MacCluggage

Captain of the ship — Sheldon Shaw

Master of the ship — Manabu Ueyama

Trinculo — Udi Razzin

Stefano — Joseph Raik

Iris — Kate MacCluggage

Ceres — Ryman Sneed

Juno — Renee Threatte

--Anna Bengel

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