Wednesday, June 01, 2016

This Summer, Smith Street Stage Brings Shakespeare's "The Tempest" To Carroll Park

Photography by Chris Montgomery
The cast of The Tempest: Coming to Carroll Park This Summer
(photo credit: Smith Street Stage)

Since 2010, award-winning theatre company Smith Street Stage has brought Shakespeare to Carroll Park to the delight of everyone in the community. Their previous productions of Romeo and Juliet, Ceasar, Twelfth Night and Henry IV have been absolutely stunning.
This summer, the Brooklyn-based theater company will be performing Shakespeare's 'The Tempest', "a darkly comic story of magic, romance, revenge and forgiveness."
The outdoor performances are absolutely free and are family-friendly. The show runs June 8 through 26, excluding Mondays and Tuesdays. All performances start at 7:30pm.
So mark your calendar, tell your friends, bring folding chairs or a blanket and enjoy free theatre under the stars in Carroll Park.

Here is more information about this year's production:

Smith Street Stage Announces

Outdoor Performances in Carroll Park, Open to the Public
June 8 Through 26 Only

The celebrated Brooklyn theatre company, Smith Street Stage, will return to Carroll Park to present its annual outdoor production of a play by William Shakespeare. This summer’s production will be The Tempest, playing from June 8 through 26. Admission is free. No tickets are required.

The Tempest is a classic story of love, magic, and revenge, all set on a mysterious enchanted island. Smith Street Stage is thrilled to bring that island to Brooklyn’s Carroll Park, and with it our commitment to creating opportunities for women. In this production, the leading role of Prospero will be played by Kate Ross.

Brooklyn’s Smith Street Stage is proud to continue its summertime tradition of presenting outdoor Shakespeare-under-the-stars in Carroll Park. (Theatre-goers from other NYC boroughs are welcome).

Theatre-goers are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes prior to curtain time. The stage will be set at the east end of Brooklyn’s beautiful Carroll Park, along Smith Street. Ground seating is open to the public, as well as a limited number of chairs. Many theatre-goers bring picnic blankets, some bring chairs of their own.

As The Tempest begins, the magician Prospero sends out a storm to shipwreck the traitorous men who once stole her throne and exiled her to a desolate island. When the island’s mysteries entrap and confound the men, Prospero wreaks her revenge. Meanwhile, her daughter Miranda discovers the “brave new world” of true love. The Tempest is a world of enchantment and storytelling not to be missed.

The Tempest is directed by Beth Ann Hopkins and features Raquel Chavez as Miranda, Kate Eastman as Stephano, Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy* as Sebastian, John Hardin as Ferdinand, Patrick Harvey as Caliban, Brian Demar Jones as Alonso, Joe Jung* as Antonio, Peter Molesworth as Ariel, Kate Ross* as Prospero, Will Sarratt as Trinculo, and Corey Whelihan as Gonzalo.

*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Smith Street Stage was founded in 2010, with a mission to present affordable, exciting and consequential theater arts to a diverse audience. Starting with a five actor adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, Smith Street Stage has always looked for new ways to tell classic stories. Since that first production the company has grown to hiring over twenty artists and performing summer Shakespeare for over two thousand people each summer in Brooklyn’s Carroll Park. Past productions include Henry IV, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, and Christmas Carol: A Radio Play.

For more information about Smith Street Stage and the company’s 2016 outdoor Carroll Park production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest please visit

1 comment:

mag said...

Lol, I just want to say I remember 15 years (or so) a local neighbor Howie would use his own projector and show movies on those warm summer nights in Carroll Park. One year the rat problem was completely out of control. While our kids were in front watching the movie, us parents were sitting on the picnic tables watching the rats climb all over the garbage pails (which were still NYC Parks Dept drab green). All the moms smuggled in wine and screeched whenever we saw the rats. Good times I miss that Carroll Gardens.