Live at Heritage Center Presents Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, Performed by Aquila Theatre

Oct 6, 2014

University of Dubuque’s Heritage Center continues its 2nd annual Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series with Shakespeare’s The Tempest,performed by the Aquila Theatre of New York, on Wednesday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. Believed to be Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest is imbued with magic, the supernatural, and a heightened sense of theatricality.

WHAT:           Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series – Shakespeare’s The Tempest
WHEN:           Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
HERE:         John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center
TICKETS:      $25-$29 for adults, $14 for students

In this romantic comedy, Prospero, the Duke of Milan, has been usurped and exiled by his own brother. He is stranded on a remote and mystical island with his daughter Miranda who has been on the island from a very young age. Hoping to restore Miranda to her rightful place, and to seek revenge, Prospero conjures a storm to shipwreck his brother and those who conspired against him. The beautiful Miranda falls in love with Ferdinand, son of one of the conspirators, putting her relationship with Prospero to the test just as retribution is finally within reach.

The Aquila Theatre will bring its innovative style and dynamic physical approach to Shakespeare’s famous magical tale of forgiveness and enlightenment. The New York Times has described Aquila’s productions as “Gleefully engaging…almost unbearable fun…directed with inspiration” while The New Yorker has raved, “Beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect.” With an ensemble of superb performers and Aquila’s exhilarating execution, this new production of The Tempest is sure to delight. Patrons may remember Aquila’s production of Fahrenheit 451 last season at Heritage Center.

The performance will be preceded by a free pre-show lecture in Babka Theatre from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during which a member of Aquila Theatre will share background information on the guest theater company and the evening’s performance. The pre-show session closes with a question-and-answer period.

Tickets for The Tempest can be purchased now at the Farber Box Office Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563-585-SHOW; or online at

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