Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0851. Wednesday, 26 October 1994.
Date: Tuesday, 25 Oct 1994 10:15:10 -0500 (EST)
Subject: *Tmp.* Production
Comment: SHK 5.0834 *Tmp.* Production
[Re: Kimberly Nolan's mention of the Center Stage production of *Tmp.*]
Prospero was played by Byron Jennings who earlier had been John Worthing in
*The Importance of Being Earnest*; his Prospero was "youngish" but old enough
to have a marriageable daughter. His "youth" gave vigor and danger to his
anger. Still I remember him as a man--not as a young man: he was not an "old"
man. Age of Prospero should not be a problem in a production of the play: the
director has limited choices--e.g. "boy," "man," or "old man." Choice then
directs tone/movement of the play: "man" seems to be the most reasonable choice
[unless director wants to have Prospero read his books again! NOT!].
Shakespeare's Prospero does appear to take an early retirement: "...retire me
to my Milan, where/ Every third thought shall be my grave." Regards. Jim Hill.