College of Fine Arts Dean Michael Hood, Music faculty member David Martynuik, Dance faculty member Joan Van Dyke, adjunct Theater faculty member (and alumna) Katherine Garlick, and alumnus Chuck Beikert have joined with a talented cast and production team to help mount Unseam’d Shakespeare’s The Tempest, or the Enchanted Isle. It is playing in Pittsburgh’s Studio Theatre at the Cathedral of Learning through June 29, 2013.
Hood directed this wild and crazy rethinking of Shakespeare’s classic, while Garlick designed the terrific costumes. Martynuik wrote original tunes for Ariel, and Van Dyke choreographed dances for the bows.
Beikert, pictured above in the center, plays the comical role of the ship’s captain, Stephano.
The play is a new version of Dryden and Davenant’s 1667 retelling of Shakespeare’s plot, this time with a definite nod to the newfound freedoms of the English Restoration and its rowdy celebration of the introduction of actresses to the stage and an emphasis on political and social satire.
The play features outlandish characters, great physical humor, and wonderful attention to detail and fun in sets, costumes, and props.