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Teacher Resources for The Tempest

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare
adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller
songs by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
choreography by Matt Kent, Pilobolus


Why This Version of The Tempest is Special

In this video from The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Aaron Posner and Teller talk about why this version of Shakespeare’s classic is so special.

It's All in the Cards

Nate Dendy tells us about his love for magic, card tricks and how his preshow performance is a little bit like jazz.

A Little Bit of Rough Magic

Singer Miche Braden admits she wasn’t a Tom Waits fan before The Tempest; but she has grown respect for him.

Who’s Who and What’s What in The Tempest

There’s the magician seeking revenge, his beautiful daughter, her love and magic. It’s The Tempest. Adapted by Aaron Posner and Teller, it’s different and thrilling. Need a refresher on the story?

Anything Goes With Instrument Designer Kenny Wollesen

You might want to think twice before getting rid of that chest of drawers or throwing out coffee cans. In the hands of instrument builder Kenny Wollesen, those “found objects” make music.

The Many Incarnations of The Tempest

Posner and Teller transport audiences to a Dust Bowl-era traveling tent show in their adaptation. Learn about their approach and about other daring adaptations of Shakespeare’s classic tale.

A New Level of Wonderment

Magic, Tom Waits and more. Read more about the development of this adaption.

Making Magic into Reality

Teller, with the aid of fellow renowned magician Johnny Thompson crafted the magic for this production. Find out about how the two came together.

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