Sections

A ‘Tempest’ with a superhero twist

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

If you always thought Shakespeare could use more ka-pow, this is the play for you.

In “Rough Magic,” running at the Center for Performance Research this month, drag queens, love-struck lifeguards and Coney Island brawls make for a campy reimagining of “The Tempest,” the bard’s classic story of magic, fate and romance.

“The play is modern, but has shout-outs to Shakespeare and Greek tragedy,” said Jesse Kane-Hartnett, an associate director of A Festival of Fools, a company devoted to staging modern verse plays. “I just had to do it.”

With the help of some projection magic of their own, A Festival of Fools will tell the fantastical story of Melanie, a dramaturg who has the supernatural ability to bring fictional characters to life. As a result, she meets up with Caliban, who is on the run in New York from Prospero’s island. But when the tyrannical magician begins to wreak havoc on the city, it’s up to Melanie to defeat him — but not without the help of her young love interest, a high school lifeguard toiling the sands of Coney Island, and the Furies from the Oresteia — here reinvented as Lower East Side drag queens.

It all makes for great, melodramatic fun, with a few comic book-esque action scenes thrown in among all the heightened text.

“This one’s going to be fun,” said Kane-Hartnett. “We will have drag queens, and they will be fabulous.”

“Rough Magic” at the Center for Performance Research [361 Manhattan Ave. between Withers and Jackson streets in Williamsburg, (718) 349-1210], Jan. 14-15 and 20-21 at 8 pm. Tickets $18. For info, visit www.afestivaloffools.com.

Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like The Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!