'The rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance.'
Prospero (Crystal Eisele) chooses forgiveness over revenge.
'I have done nothing but in care of thee, my dear one'
Prospero (Crystal Eisele) and Miranda (Caroline Barry)
''Tis a villain, sir, I do not love to look on.'
Caliban (Scott K. Leslie) gets a reaction from a student audience.
'I'll be wise hereafter and seek for grace.'
Crystal Eisele teaches about revenge and forgiveness in a post-performance classrom workshop.
'The foul lake o'erstunk their feet.'
Ariel (Caroline Barry) traps Stephano (James O'Hagan-Murphy) and Caliban (Scott K. Leslie).
'How now, moon-calf!'
James O'Hagan-Murphy with students in a post-performance classroom workshop.
'We split! We split!'
Ariel (Caroline Barry) observes as Antonio (James O'Hagan-Murphy) and the Boatswain (Scott K. Leslie) weather The Tempest.
Shakespeare and Violence Prevention
The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is proud to collaborate with the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence and the Department of Theatre & Dance at CU-Boulder to present a Shakespeare and Violence Prevention program, with thanks to generous funding from CU Outreach, the Boulder Arts Commission, ASCI, and the OAK Foundation. Since 2011, the program has visited more than 22,000 Colorado schoolchildren. Appropriate for grades 3-12.
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Fall dates: September 17-November 8, 2013
Prospero has been plotting his revenge for 12 years and the moment has finally arrived. His enemies are shipwrecked on his island and now it's time to get even for the terrible things they did to him many years ago.
But when he considers what it means to get revenge, Prospero decides to forgive his enemies instead. Shakespeare's line, "the rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance," has much to teach us about the power of choosing forgiveness over revenge.
This performance and the workshops that follow focus on the importance of reconciliation and forgiveness as a tool for ending the cycle of violence. The workshops use theater exercises and scenes from The Tempest to explore alternatives to violence, using the latest research from the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder.
PBS NewsHour segment on CSF's Shakespeare & Violence Prevention tour:
The program lasts approximately two hours and includes: