La Tempesta,Trinity University 2012

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Trinity University's Department of Human Communication and Theatre presents "La Tempesta," a recreation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest."

La Tempesta, was adapted by Roberto Prestigiacomo, associate professor of human communication and theatre, and staged in collaboration with Teatro del Drago, an Italian family-run theatre company composed of Andrew Monticelli, Mauro Monticelli, and Roberta Colombo. The Italian troupe came to Trinity as guests of the Stieren Arts Enrichment Series.

Prestigiacomo first met the Italian theatre company 15 years ago and was captivated by their work and tradition. Teatro del Drago, from Ravenna Italy, was started in 1820 by Ariodante Monticelli and has been staging productions using puppets and marionettes for five generations.

Since that first meeting, Prestigiacomo and Teatro del Drago wanted to work on a project together but did not find the right time until this year. With support from the Stieren Arts Enrichment Series, made possible by Jane and the late Arthur Stieren of San Antonio, the Italian theatre company was able to take up residence in Trinity's human communication and theatre department. This would be first theatrical production by Teatro del Drago in the United States.

A unique and positive experience for the students

The students starring in La Tempesta were delighted to be part of a production that had roots in traditional Italian theatre.

"I am taking a lot out of this," said Gonzales. "I am learning so much and adding it to my theater training. It's so unique and so elaborate -everything that we are doing. I am really grateful for this experience."

Amy Rossini, a first-year student from Dallas, said she was excited and felt very lucky to be a part of the show. "At first, I was intimidated. It was unlike anything I have been a part of," said Rossini, who added that the members of Teatro del Drago soon put her at ease. Still, "whenever they said anything, it sounded intense because it was in Italian," said Rossini, laughing.

Senior Evan Brooks also found the work rewarding. As the assistant director, Brooks was in charge of producing the shadow work used in the show. "It's something we haven't done at Trinity before. It brings an element to the stage that is so unique and so powerful. It's such a striking visual image that is so unique and so powerful," he said.

Brooks said working with Teatro del Drago was one more great opportunity he has experienced while a theatre major at Trinity. He previously worked with director Alan Muraoka, who appeared as an actor on Broadway and on many television shows, including a recurring role on "Sesame Street." Brooks also worked with Carl Weber, a world-renowned director who had worked with the legendary German director Bertolt Brecht.

"I can't imagine any other institution being able to bring guest artists like the ones who have come to Trinity," said Brooks. "These fantastic artists are really masters of their craft."

Intervista di Russell Guerrero '83