February 21, 2013 – March 24, 2013

production photos by Johnny Shryock

FEBRUARY 21-MARCH 24, 2013

Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili
Choreographed by Irina Tsikurishvili

The Tempest is now

On the water-filled stage, Synetic’s visual poetry will bring Prospero’s magical island to life. A romantic drama of epic proportions emerges from the depths as spirits, monsters, witches, drunken fools and lithe lovers contort and cavort with all the passion and bravado you can imagine.

With The Tempest, Synetic presents the ninth installment in its renowned “Silent Shakespeare” series. Expect BIG things with this production: stunning set design complete with a water extravaganza, larger-than-life visual, acrobatics and the remarkably visceral experience Synetic is known for.

Need to brush up on your Shakespeare?  Click here to read the synopsis of The Tempest.

Make an evening of it!  Check out our dinner packages with Jaleo-Crystal City and enjoy an amazing meal before the performance.  Save $10 when you purchase together!

Weekday performances are just $55 (tier C), $60 (tier B), $65 (tier A), $70 (tier A+)
Weekend performances are just $60 (tier C), $65 (tier B), $70 (tier A), $75 (tier A+)

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Patrons in the “Splash Zone” should expect to get splashed with water from our water stage. Because it’s live theater, this could range from droplets to your daily recommended water intake. We will provide Synetic Theater ponchos to patrons in these rows.
$40 / $15 Students

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This production is supported in part by the grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a gift from an anonymous donor.

“Cue the Waterworks: How Synetic Theater’s Splashy Tempest Comes to Life” –Washington Post

“Dripping with invention…” & “Vivaciousness abounds…”  –The Washington Post
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“See Synetic Theatre’s production of The Tempest, in which the company concocts nautical visions that capture Shakespeare’s tale as well as any 17th century words can. ”   –Washington City Paper
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One of the best Shakespeare adaptations I’ve had the pleasure to see.”  –MD Theatre Guide
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“For spectacular, visually arresting technical theater and virtuosic, athletic movement, look no further than Synetic Theater’s production of The Tempest.”  -ShowBizRadio.com
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“Yes, Shakespeare’s language, translated worldwide, has become almost common – but the language embodied by these actors is both universal and extraordinary.”  –DC Metro Theatre Arts
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“I am happy to report that there is more to this production than the water. In fact, I’d say there’s much more. Beyond each of the ‘need to be seen to be believed’ production elements – which won’t be described here because they need to be experienced firsthand – there’s a strong concept which allows the end result to be greater than the sum of its parts.”   –Broadway World
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Director: Paata Tsikurishvili
Choreographer: Irina Tsikurishvili
Fight Choreographer: Ben Cunis
Composer: Konstantine Lortkipanidze
Costume/Set Designer: Anastasia Simes
Design Assistant: Corey Searles Dunn
Adapted by: Nathan Weinberger
Lighting Designer: Andrew F. Griffin
Associate Lighting Designer: Brittany Diliberto
Projection/Multimedia Designer: Riki Kim
Production Supervisor: Erin Baxter
Technical Director: Phil Charlwood
Stage Manager: Marley Monk
Master Electrician: Aaron Waxman
AV Engineer: Thomas Sowers

Prospero: Philip Fletcher
Miranda: Irinka Kavsadze
Ariel: Dan Istrate
Ferdinand: Scott Brown
Caliban: Vato Tsikurishvili
King Alonso: Ryan Tumulty
Antonia: Francesca Jandasek
Stephano:  Irakli Kavsadze
Trinculo: Emily Whitworth
Sycorax/Ensemble: Tori Bertucci
Sebastian/Ensemble: Pasquale Guiducci
Ensemble: Jace Casey, Katherine Frattini