2019 - 2020 Season

The Tempest

    The Tempest

    September 25 – October 20, 2019

    Synetic’s legendary, cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest returns – with the famed water-filled stage and visual poetry that made the original production an unforgettable sensation when it premiered in 2013- plus a new twist as Synetic co-founder Irina Tsikurishvili steps into the role of “Prospera.”

    When the magical and powerful Prospera creates a sea storm, she gets more than she bargained for as romantic drama, deception, and quests for vengeance emerge from the depths. Spirits, monsters, witches, drunken fools, and lithe lovers contort and cavort with passion and bravado in one of Shakespeare’s most high-stakes and irreverent comedies.

    In Synetic’s production, a 1200-square-foot pool takes center stage, providing a dynamic and dazzling medium through which to bring Shakespeare’s characters to emotional life. The audience even gets to join in on the magic, with the first three rows of the orchestra designated as a splash zone!

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    Praise for the original production:

    “This latest selection is dripping with invention….a mesmerizing display…this is a Tsikurishvili hallmark: finding newly captivating ways of immersing you in make-believe.”  – The Washington Post 

    More about The Tempest…

    In 2013, Arlington-based Synetic Theater took their signature cinematic style to a new level when they flooded the stage with water for a production of The Tempest. This acclaimed production returns to open the 2019/20 Season in Crystal City.

    The Tempest was to be the 9th installment of  Synetic’s popular Wordless Shakespeare series and Founding Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili was inspired to use a water stage by the way in which water is closely tied to the plot.

    “The exiled Prospero is sent to an island, surrounded and inundated by water,” Tsikurshvili said. “His power and magic grows from it, and even the inciting action is created by water when Prospero uses a storm to bring his enemies to him.”

    Water is a versatile theatrical element, conveying a variety of emotions and feelings. It can be at once dramatic, comical, magical, and lyrical. Additionally, the hypnotic combination of water and physical theater captivated audiences’ imaginations in a totally new way… read more. 


    The cast includes Alex Mills as Ariel, Anne Flowers as Sycorax, Vato Tsikurishvili as Caliban, Megan Khaziran as Antonia, Scott Brown as Ferdinand, Pablo Guillen as Sebastian, Katherine DuBois Maguire as Trinculo, Matt R. Stover as Stephano with Scean Aaron and Katherine Frattini in the ensemble.