American Shakespeare Center Performs Play Last Produced 370 years ago; a debut for North America
“The Sea Voyage” was influenced by Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and was probably first performed in 1622.
Similar Themes, Different Stories
The Tempest is well-known for being Shakespeare’
The Sea Voyage will debut Friday, February 19, during this creatively demanding and exciting season. “We can find no record of a previous, professional production of The Sea Voyage in North America,” says ASC Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Jim Warren. “We invite audiences to see both performances to explore where the similarities begin and end.”
The Sea Voyage was written by early modern playwrights John Fletcher and Philip Massinger for Shakespeare’
“The playwrights wanted to tell engaging adventure stories,” says Warren. “Modern audiences will see that the work also comments on economic changes in their world. A shipwreck represents cataclysmic loss, and any riches of discovery went to the very elite. I believe modern audiences will enjoy both adventurous stories. Playgoers will get to ruminate on the sentiment of changing fortunes relative to the risk.”
He adds, “No explorers have discovered a society comprised only of women...yet.”
The American Shakespeare Center performs in the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theater: the Blackfriars Playhouse. The Tempest and The Sea Voyage were likely both onstage at the original in London. Audience goers for these productions can relive the experience of a Jacobean theater-goer.
Opening night will be Friday, February 19. The Pay-What-You-
Patrons have the option to join the Pay-What-You-
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