A reading of After the Island, Silverthorne Theater Company Co-Founder David Rowland’s full-length sequel to Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
In 2012, David Rowland penned an imaginative and thoughtful sequel to Shakespeare’s famous last work The Tempest. In taking on the subject matter of one of the Bard’s most philosophical plays, Rowland portrays the familiar cast as they have become an indeterminate number of years after Prospero and Miranda leave the Island to return to Milan and the less than magical world they found there.
In the resonant rhythms of iambic pentameter, we meet an older Duke, Miranda and Fernando; Stephano and Trinculo reprise their drunken schemings; and Ariel returns to advise Prospero and set in motion re-connections and new beginnings. Caliban completes his transformation from semi-beast to conscious human, renewing hope in the eventual reclamation of civilized man through reason and empathy.
This reading celebrates Rowland’s long and productive career as an actor, director, teacher and playwright. Without his inspiration, Silverthorne Theater would never have existed. When he passed in January, 2022, he took large parts of our hearts with him.
Admission to this event is free, but we ask that you make a reservation ahead of time.
Donations in honor of the contribution David has made throughout his life to the world of live theater will be welcome.