Summer is a time for Shakespeare productions, and Modern Sensibilities Theatre Co. is taking advantage of the season with its debut production of "The Tempest," believed to be the final play that Shakespeare wrote by himself. Modern Sensibilities, one of Rochester's newest theater companies, wants to make history accessible to young artists and audiences by providing free community theater opportunities. The company plans to produce three full productions with actors and crew ages 12 to 20.
Originally written with a male sorcerer named Prospero as the protagonist, Modern Sensibilities will produce a version similar to Julie Taymor's 2010 film adaptation of "The Tempest," with a female protagonist, Prospera, a sorceress banished to a remote island who seeks revenge on the people who did her wrong. Modern Sensibilities' "The Tempest" is directed by Emma Milligan and Kaleb Colosimo.
Performances of "The Tempest" will be Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29, and again Friday, August 4, and Saturday, August 5, at The Strong Museum (1 Manhattan Square Drive). Friday performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday performances at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door, and are $10 general admission, $5 for students and seniors. For more information, call 263-2700 or visit modernsensibilities.wordpress.com.