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GW MainStage presents Shakespearean magic

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Marissa Driscoll.

Photo courtesy of Kirk Kristlibas | Promotions coordinator GW Theatre & Dance Department

Whoever thinks that GW students are known simply for their affinity for politics is probably at the wrong school.

This weekend, the Betts Marvin Theatre played host to William Shakespeare’s final play, “The Tempest”.  Set on a remote island, the play revolves around the magician Prospero, who conjures up a storm to lure the two men responsible for his and his daughter’s exile – his brother Antonio and the King of Naples, Alonso – to the island.

In GW’s interpretation, the role of Prospero becomes Prospera, played perfectly by senior Lorna Mulvaney.  She was convincingly conniving as the lead, even though the production was her first Shakespeare play with the theater and dance department’s MainStage.

“The other two productions I did were musicals, so it was definitely an adjustment for me,” Mulvaney said.

“The Tempest” also served as another actor’s debut.  Junior Michael Gobo played Ferdinand, Prospera’s daughter’s love interest. Although it was his first production, Shakespeare was no deterrent.

“Well, I’m an English major, so the fact that it was Old English wasn’t too bad,” Gobo said.

The two leads also sang praises for guest director Clay Hopper, an associate artistic director at the Olney Theatre Center.

“He was a great first director to work with,” said Gobo.

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