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Sun Valley Shakespeare Fetival's 14th Year

The nexStage Theatre’s 14th season of the Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival in downtown Ketchum opens this year on August 15th 2013.

The Tempest:
Shakespeare’s last masterpiece The Tempest, directed by Freddie Ramsay, plays Thursday, August 15th – Sunday, August 18th and Thursday, August 22nd - Sunday, August 25th on the outdoor stage in the Ketchum Forest Service Park. This new production captures all the humor, the magic and the sense of mystery in this, Shakespeare’s last, romantic comedy.

The Cast:
The cast includes Keith Moore as Prospero, Peter Burke as Ariel, Brett Moellenberg as Caliban, Brooke Allen as Miranda, Matt Gorby as Stephano, Sara Gorby as Trinculo, Steve D'Smith as Antonio, Patsy Wygle as Alonza, Jana Arnold as Gonzala, Jamie Wygle as Ferdinand and Harry Dreyfuss as Sebastian.

How to get tickets:
Tickets for The Tempest are $20 for all seats.
Tickets are available by phone: 726-4TKS,
from the box office of the nexStage Theatre,
120 S Main Street, Ketchum, Idaho 83340.

Tickets can also be purchased for The Tempest at the Forest Service Park at 5:30 pm before each performance at 6 pm. Picnics, blankets & low chairs are welcome in addition to the bleacher seating available.

For children 12 years and under attending the show in the park there is no charge, thanks to nexStage’s outreach program and the sponsorship of local businesses, the Idaho Commission for the Arts and the N.E.A.

SV Shakespeare Festival Specials

You have a chance to join the conversation, when Freddie Harris, director of "The Tempest" hosts a special talkback session after the show with the actors on the first and second Thursday nights of the production, which opens Thursday, August 15th, in the Ketchum Forest Service Park.

Buy your tickets for "The Tempest" before August 1st, and you will receive a invitation to join nexStage's Board of Trustees, special guests and festival actors at the Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival's opening party in the park on Friday, August 16th. 

Biography and work of this year’s Shakespeare director, Freddie Harris:

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Freddie Harris-Ramsby

As well having a 20-year background in theatre (she trained Drama Studio London; Shakespeare training from Patrick Tucker, Gary Armagnac, and the American Shakespeare Center), Freddie is a Doctoral Candidate in Rhetoric at the University of Utah.

Her research interrogates the intersections of rhetoric, performance theory and discourse analysis. Her work posits the theatre as site where rhetorical theory is performed in embodied practice—a site that enables the enactment of how rhetorical discourse maps political and social ideology onto bodies, and how bodies perform within those constraints.

This research explores the plays that unfold as important points in the rhetorical tradition—Greek Old Comedy and the plays of Shakespeare. In particular, Shakespeare’s plays provide an alt-tradition that complicates previously simplified theories of language and rhetoric. And they perform theory so that these theories unfold in front of an audience. Freddie thus directs with the assumption that the transformative potential of theory is not as tangible, as rhetorical, as it is when it is felt. Shakespearean theatre provides us with that space.

The Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival History:

2000: Twelfth Night
2001: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2002: The Taming of the Shrew
2003: All’s Well That Ends Well & the SV Renaissance Faire
2004: As You Like It & the SV Renaissance Faire
2005: The Merry Wives of Windsor & the SV Renaissance Faire
2006: The Comedy of Errors & the SV Renaissance Faire
2007: Much Ado About Nothing
2008: Much Ado About Nothing & The Compleat Wrks Of Wllm Shkspr, Abridged
& the SV Renaissance Faire
2009: Hiatus
2010: A Midsummer Night’s Dream & The Compleat Wrks Of Wllm Shkspr, Abridged
& the SV Renaissance Faire
2011: Romeo & Juliet
2012: Twelfth Night & The Bible, The Complete Word of God, Abridged

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