St. Sebastian Players’ THE TEMPEST Review – Magically Synchronized With Our Tempestuous Weather!

St. Sebastian Players’ THE TEMPEST Review – Magically Synchronized With Our Tempestuous Weather!

The Saint Sebastian Players (SSP) couldn’t possibly have chosen better timing for their production of The Tempest, one of Shakespeare’s most popular and enduring plays! I say unto you, “Go forth and enjoy it as thousands have before you!”

The Saint Sebastian Players (SSP) continue their 35th season with the late Shakespeare work The Tempest. Performances begin during Chicago Theatre Week with a preview February 18 and continue February 19–March 13 at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey (enter on Marshfield), Chicago.

SSP has done a marvelous fun-loving job of bringing this imaginative, upbeat tale to life! No wonder The Tempest keeps on showing up all over Chicagoland! Let the wave of its joie de vivre sweep over you, too!

The story: On a remote island, Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore order to his universe by reassembling the pieces of his banishment using artifice and skillful manipulation—he is a powerful magician, after all! He conjures up a storm to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, Prospero’s machinations reveal the true nature of some characters, the redemption and resolution of others and--most importantly for this romantic--a royal suitor for his daughter Miranda.

Directing The Tempest is SSP company member Jim Masini, whose past SSP directing credits include As You Like ItThe Dining RoomArms and the ManHoliday and Crossing Delancey. The cast features SSP company members Alexandra Cross as Miranda, Jessica Goforth, Gary Grenholm, Marshall Jacobson, Eric S. Prahl and Stephen Rowland. Other cast members include Bill Chamberlain as Prospero, Nick Ferrin, Shamus Jarvis, Kevin Lambert, Wesley McNair, Joshua Messick and Maya Schultz

SSP company members on the production team include Cortney West as set designer, Paula Kenar as costume designer, Jessica Goforth as props coordinator, Julie Johnson as dramaturg and Nancy Pollock and Jill Chukerman Test as co-producers.

Also on staff are Travis Triplett as lighting designer, Aaron Harris Woodstein as sound designer and Alex Demetralis as assistant director/stage manager and photographer Eryn Walanka.

SSP began producing theatre in 1982 at its original home, the St. Sebastian parish, located at the corner of Halsted Street and Wellington Avenue on Chicago’s North Side. When the parish closed in 1990, SSP relocated to its current home, St. Bonaventure, at 1625 W. Diversey.

During its history, the company has produced original and previously produced dramas, comedies and musicals; original audience-participation mysteries for special events; and the Monologue Matchup Competition, as well as provided support for smaller Sebastian Studio Projects produced by company members. For a complete production history, visit
Performances of The Tempest take place February 19–March 13, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at St. Bonaventure, 1625 W. Diversey, at Marshfield just west of Ashland, in Chicago.

Free parking is available in two lots. Full-priced single tickets are $20, $15 for students with valid IDs and $10 for seniors. Group rates also are available.

Special Chicago Theatre Week tickets are available for $15 for the Thursday, February 18 preview performance at 8 p.m. as well as regular performances Feb. 19–21.


All programming is subject to change. For information, call 773-404-7922 or visit

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