If years of being force-fed Elizabethan English in the classroom has given you Shakespeare nightmares, where men in tights attack your grades with swords made of discarded SparkNotes, please allow John Manzelli to change your mind. Trained in classical deconstruction of theater (meaning I take old plays and make them interesting, he says), the director will present a version of The Tempest at New Theatre that does away with all the stuffy outfits and melancholy settings. The play is the story of a usurped duke, his daughter, his shipwrecked enemy, and the entangled revenge and love that ensue. Manzelli re-imagines the great bards play through the lens of postcolonial theory, so his Tempest will be set on a South Pacific island and accompanied by modern visuals, sound, dance, and a cast of men wearing pants that allow for adequate breathing room.
Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 2. Continues through Sept. 19, 2010