Theater Emory Continues Season with Staged Reading of "A Tempest" by Aimé Césaire

January 19, 2017

ATLANTA (January 19, 2017)— Theater Emory continues a season-long celebration of William Shakespeare with free staged readings of Aimé Césaire’s “A Tempest,” February 9-12 in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. 

Playwright Paul Carter Harrison directs the 1969 ritual drama adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” which examines the resistance to colonialism through a Caribbean lens.

"Two seasons of Shakespeare impel us to ask fundamental questions and to seek challenging responses to Shakespeare's greatness," says professor and dramaturg Michael Evenden. "Aimé Césaire is a major anticolonial voice, powered by poetic inspiration and political passion, and his re-articulation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is a masterpiece in its own right."

Poet, playwright, essayist, activist, and politician of world-wide importance, Césaire drew influence from French surrealists, revolutionary movements, and the American Civil rights struggle. Driven by the expressive wisdom of African oral tradition, “A Tempest” confronts the damage inflicted by colonial suppression while celebrating the power of cultural memory to assert identity and rise in spirit above the conditions of oppression. 

The cast features African American Shakespeare Company’s L. Peter Callender as Prospero. A top notch cast of Atlanta professionals playing alongside talented Emory students includes Hugh Adams (Stephano), Christopher Hampton (Sebastian), Jeanette Illidge (Ariel), Barry Stewart Mann (Gonzalo), Brad Raymond (Master of Ceremonies/Friar/Eshu), J. L. Reed (Antonio), and Josiah Watts (Alonso). 

Performances of Theater Emory’s staged reading of “A Tempest” are February 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. and February 12 at 2 p.m. in the Theater Lab of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. There will be a forum and reception following the February 12 reading. This reading is free and open to the public. For additional information on Theater Emory’s celebration of Shakespeare and to make reservations for “A Tempest,” visit


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