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'The Tempest' to play at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey

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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will begin their 52nd Season later this month when “The Tempest” is presented. Performances of “The Tempest” will run May 28 – June 22, 2014 at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre in Madison, NJ. Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte made the following statement about the upcoming show: “I am thrilled to open the season with ‘The Tempest’ which has not appeared on the Main Stage in over ten years. A passionate, visceral, fierce, and magical play, ‘The Tempest’ contains some of the world’s most glorious poetry.”

“The Tempest” is one of Shakespeare’s late romances. While not technically his last play, it is considered the Bard’s farewell masterpiece. The character of Prospero, the exiled Duke turned powerful magician, appears semi-autobiographical, Shakespeare’s aging alter-ego, who must also bid farewell to his “art.”

Casting includes longtime company member Sherman Howard who will play Prospero, John Barker plays “monster” Caliban, Lindsey Kyler portrays Miranda, and Erin Partin will play Ariel. Also cast are Jackson Moran as Ferdinand, Jeffrey M. Bender as Stephano, Richard Bourg as Gonzalo and as Antonio, Craig Heidenreich. Rob Krakovski will play Alonso with Patrick Toon as Trinculo. Andy Baldeschwiler, Adam C. Burns, and James Castello round out the cast.

“The Tempest” will be directed by Bonnie J. Monte, now in her 24th season as Artistic Director of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jeresy.

Individual tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 973-408-5600 or by visiting www.ShakespeareNJ.org. Performances are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Individual tickets range from $15 to $75.

Notes about special offerings:

Discount preview performances are Wednesday, May 28 at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30 at 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 31 at 2 p.m. These Preview performances offer opportunities for reduced-priced tickets while enjoying the excitement of the very first performances in front of an audience. The first Preview performance is "Pay What You Can" night. Visit The Shakespeare Theatre Box Office between noon and curtain on May 28 and purchase a ticket for that evening’s 7:30 p.m. preview performance for what you are able to pay (offer subject to availability).

A special "Know the Show" performance will be held on Thursday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m. General admission is $5 for the general public, $4 for ticket package holders and subscribers. Tickets to that evening’s 8:00 p.m. performance may be purchased separately.

The 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, June 14 will be audio described for those who are blind or have visual impairments. Audio description enables patrons with visual impairments to hear, through an FM transmitter, a live description of the action on the stage. A pre-performance sensory seminar is offered that allows patrons to feel props, costumes and set pieces to further enhance their live theatrical experience. The service is offered free of charge.

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