The Tempest Grove Talk

Listen to a podcast of a pre-performance The Tempest Grove Talk, presented by Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly. Podcast produced by Will McCandless. The Tempest runs through June 24, 2012.

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2 Responses to The Tempest Grove Talk

  1. Tom Delaney says:

    Phillipa,
    We saw “The Tempest” on Sunday and came away somewhat surprised that the character, Gonzalo, was not portrayed in this production. He would seem to have been a significant presence in Act II. Any comments?
    Thank you.
    Tom Delaney
    tadsr9@comcast.net
    Danville, CA

  2. Philippa Kelly says:

    Hello Tom,
    Jon took Gonzalo out so as to streamline the action – in many ways, Gonzalo is a commentator on the state of immediate events and on the state of the monarchy. In his famous speech in which he describes the ideal commonwealth, Gonzalo acts as a touchstone for the whole theme of ideal government on which every single character makes his/her own comment in the course of the play. So with Gonzalo gone, that theme is not so prominent. But the removal of Gonzalo also allows for a more direct engagement between (and comparison between) Prospero and Alonso.

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