TheaterUNCA will stage an original production
of "The Tempest Project," created by two UNC Asheville faculty
members, April 3-5 at UNC Asheville's Carol Belk Theater. The
production will move to the Diana Wortham Theatre for two
performances on Wednesday, April 9.
"The Tempest Project" presents Shakespeare's story of "The Tempest"
with the poetry of W.H. Auden's "The Sea and the Mirror" in a
performance using puppetry, masks and object theater. After being
usurped of his Dukedom in Milan and exiled to the open sea, Prospero
and his daughter land on a remote island. They manage to survive
through Prospero's magical powers and knowledge from books provided
by his friend. Prospero and the allied spirits of the island conjure
a great tempest that brings his past enemies and his future hope to
the island. He manipulates them all through a magical game of
tactics and the outcome is surprising, even to Prospero.
The show will make use of "object theater," a new, European theater
technique, combining imagery, puppetry and choreography. It is
intended to activate the imagination and invite audiences to invest
in the imaginary world created by the handling and manipulation of
household objects and raw materials such as rope, fabric, metal and
pieces of wood.
The production is created and directed by UNC Asheville Drama
Department faculty members Laura Facciponti and Pamella O'Connor.
Senior drama major Ariel Vetter designed the sets. Costumes were
designed by UNC Asheville senior drama major Katie Fuller, and Drama
Department Chair and Associate Professor Rob Bowen designed the
lighting. The UNC Asheville student cast includes Drew Collins, Chip
Davis, Sydney de Briel, Ash Devine, Sarah Erickson, Sarah Forbes,
Skyler Goff, Rachel Gordon, Kathlyn Johnson, Cody Magouirk, Forrest
Mason, Caitlin Moseley, Cole Pettus, Mark Shell and Jacob Walas.
Tickets for all performances are $12 general admission and $10 for
students and senior citizens.
Curtain for the shows at UNC Asheville's Carol Belk Theater is 7 p.m
April 3-5. Because of the intimate size of Carol Belk Theatre and
the often heavy demand for tickets, advanced reservation is advised.
Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets may be
charged by phone by calling 828/232-2291 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
weekdays. Tickets are also available at the box office two hours
before each curtain and online at
The box office is open for ticket pickup two hours prior to each
Curtain for the performances at the Diana Wortham Theatre is 10 a.m.
for school groups and 7 p.m. for the public on Wednesday, April 9.
For tickets to these performances, call 828/257-4530 or visit
For more information, call UNC Asheville's Drama Department at