CofC Theatre and Dance Open “The Tempest” and “Rough Magic”

The College of Charleston’s Theatre and Dance Department opened “The Tempest” on Friday, Sep. 28. The classical Shakespearean play was accompanied by “Rough Magic,”a modern interpretation of “The Tempest.” Both plays will be running until Oct. 7.

Susan Kattwinkel, a professor in the Theater and Dance Department, facilitated a talkback following the “The Tempest.” Director, Paul Rolfes, touched on scene sharing between the two plays.  Rolfes said he and the cast,“Create[d] a new world,” and “The space was moldable for both performances.”

The set featured a natural landscape and felt like a traditional Shakespearean setting.

Rolfes continued that directors, stage managers and the design team, “found a story about revenge, ambition, envy, love and forgiveness. With a dash of Colonialism.”

“Rough Magic,” opened the next night on Sept 29. Again, Kattwinkel facilitated the conversation after the play.

Director of “Rough Magic” said he “did not discuss the productions” with “The Tempest” director Paul Rolfes. Parry noted that he was, “glad to have been part of a play that celebrates the diversity of the world.”

Costume Designer Ryan Harris  described “Rough Magic” as an example of, “reclaiming who you are.”

Parry also mentioned that the playwright Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa worked mostly in film before creating creating “Riverdale” and “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” before writing “Rough Magic.”

He said, “Both are places where anything can and will happen, but the island in New York City seems to be more of a place where differences are not only tolerated, but celebrated.”


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