In just their second production ever, DC-based theater company We Happy Few presents William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, directed by the theater company’s co-founder Hannah Todd. The play opened this past Friday, May 3rd and will run through Sunday May 12th, 2013 at Fort Fringe in Downtown Washington, DC. We Happy Few’s mission is to “present stripped down, small cast, ensemble productions with a group of talented artists, providing unique perspectives on classic texts” and that’s just what they do with their version of The Tempest.
The play’s cast is made up of a group of just eight actors, forcing some of the cast members to take on multiple roles throughout the play. They do it with style though and while the set and costumes are simpler then what you might see in some big budget production, when combined with the actors’ style(s), the magic of the island truly comes out. Making this version of The Tempest even more unique, is its own original music, composed by none other than the director’s father — John Todd. All of this combined, makes We Happy Few’s production of The Tempest a can’t miss show during the month of May.
Fort Fringe is just a few blocks away from the Chinatown/Gallery Place and Penn Quarter sections of Downtown Washington, DC. So grab some dinner beforehand and then check out The Tempest…afterwards you might even be tempted to go grab your own glass of “celestial liquor” before calling it a night. You can buy your tickets for the show by visiting the Fort Fringe website here — General Admission tickets are just $15.00. Show runs approximately 90 minutes without an intermission. Check out more details about the We Happy Few Theater Company and their production of The Tempest on their website or visit their Facebook page to meet the cast and crew.