Course: The Tempest by William Shakespeare

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Date / Time

  • March 22, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
  • March 25, 2018
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States


  • Registration will open to Delancey Society members on December 12, to members on December 19, and to the public on December 26.
  • Tuition for this reading group is $50.
  • Rosenbach members at the Contributor level and above receive a 10% discount on tuition. Please call 215-732-1600 x123 or email [email protected] to register at the discount.
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The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Charles McMahon, Artistic Director of Lantern Theater Company, will lead a discussion about The Tempest, the play commonly seen as Shakespeare’s farewell to the theater, which he will direct in the Lantern’s current season. In The Tempest, more than in any of Shakespeare’s other plays, art becomes a potent metaphor whose implications weave through every facet of human life. In this case Prospero’s “art” is magic, and just as in the theater, magic is the power to transform one thing into something else by force of the artist’s, or magician’s, conscious will. It is ultimately a redemptive confrontation between the lighter and the darker sides of the human psyche— and of human power—at once humbling and humanizing.

Tuition to this course includes the discussion and a ticket to see The Tempest performed by Lantern Theater Company on March 25. Please read The Tempest before attending on March 22.

About the Instructor

Charles McMahon co-founded Lantern Theater Company in 1994. As Artistic Director, he directs, acts, and writes for the company. He has directed all but one of the Lantern’s Shakespeare productions, including Richard III (Barrymore Award, Outstanding Production of a Play), The Comedy of Errors (Barrymore nomination, Outstanding Direction of a Play), as well as our productions of Coriolanus; As You Like It; The Taming of the Shrew; Romeo & Juliet; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Henry IV, Part I; Hamlet; Othello; Much Ado About Nothing; King Lear; and Henry V. His original play Oscar Wilde: From the Depths was produced at the Lantern to critical acclaim in 2016. He also co-created the Lantern’s original adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales. He is a native Philadelphian and a graduate of New York University’s theater department where he studied acting and directing.

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