William Shakespeare wrote The Tempest believing it would be his final play, and he drops some subtle references to the illusory magic of stagecraft amid his story of shipwrecks, mystical beings and overprotective fathers. Prospero opines that “the great globe itself...shall dissolve/And like this insubstantial pageant faded/Leave not a rack behind.” Through the magician Prospero, Shakespeare saw his own Globe dissolving, and he no doubt would have approved of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ latest venture, which takes The Tempest off the stage and puts it in the streets. This adaptation, The New World, will be performed in the streets of Benton Park this weekend, at the corner of Cherokee Street and California Avenue. The free hourlong performance takes place at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and at 3 p.m on Sunday. For more information, visit www.shakespearefestivalstlouis.org or call 314-531-9800.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: April 27. Continues through April 29, 2012