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The magic of "The Tempest" begins tomorrow: Shakespeare on the Green 2014

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Believed to be the final major play written by Shakespeare, "The Tempest" begins tomorrow at Elmwood Park in a production called "a contemporary Italian, action-oriented take, infused with many pieces of traditional and modern Italian music."

"The Tempest" is "abounding in the effects of magic," according to "A Companion to Shakespeare Studies" from Cambridge University Press, first published in 1934.

Other Shakespeare on the Green activities this year include "a wild and thrillingly hilarious tackling of all of Shakespeare’s work in just over two hours" ("The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)"), performed on nights "The Tempest" is not showing.

Directed by playwright Rob Urbinati, who also directed "The Merchant of Venice" for Shakespeare on the Green in 1993, "The Tempest" is scheduled for seven performances between June 19 and July 6 .

The play begins at 8 p.m., with other activities starting earlier.

"The Tempest" was also performed in 1987, the first year of Shakespeare on the Green, and in 2002.

Shakespeare on the Green, one of the offerings of Nebraska Shakespeare, has "gained national recognition for its consistently high-quality productions," according to its website. Nebraska Shakespeare originated at Creighton University in 1986.

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