La Tempesta is an original physical theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Created by the 2012-13 Stieren Guest, Artist Teatro del Drago, from Ravenna, Italy, and Roberto Prestigiacomo, La Tempesta re-tells this magical story through the use of puppets, marionettes, and shadow theatre. Borrowing from the Italian tradition of commedia dell’arte and the latest European developments of teatro di figura, La Tempesta promises to be entertaining, visually stunning, and a novelty never seen on the stages of San Antonio.
In 1809, on an idyllic country estate in Derbyshire, England, a 13-year-old genius and her tutor are about to make history with a brilliant mathematical proof, now lost to history. In the same location, two hundred years later, rival authors—a popular historian and a self-promoting academic—are in a mad, lusty, and hilarious race to uncover that secret. The characters’ quests become an obsessive intellectual scavenger hunt, leading to sexual intrigue, shocking discoveries, absurd conclusions, and mortifying misadventures that span and blend both eras. Such is the glorious, topsy-turvy world of Arcadia, described by critics as Tom Stoppard’s masterwork.
Stanislaw Witkiewicz's 1923 play The Crazy Locomotive both parodies and embodies the artistic movement of futurism as well as Einstein's theory of relativity and the melodramatic conventions of silent film. Set aboard the engine room of a train hurtling toward its destruction, the play features a projected cinematic backdrop of the landscape hurtling by and the large frightening machinery of industrial modernity. As two international criminal masterminds hijack the train, they ponder the meaning of space, time, and modern art, all while driving the train toward unprecedented speeds and losing their minds in the process. Provocative, absurd, and hilarious, Witkiewicz's play asks big questions about the progress of industrial civilization and the fatal course of history.