In Carlos Gimenez's Spanish-language version of "The Tempest," Prospero's island is a white sandy beach in the Caribbean. It is a land detached from specific time, but linked to a mythic past. The most impressive aspect of the set in the Rajatabla theater's production at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park is a huge carved head toppled in the sand. Looking like an ancient god, it splits apart to reveal Prospero's laboratory in its interior: a brain within a brain. At moments, spirits moving across the beach simulate the stance of pre-Columbian sculptural figures.
directed by Carlos Gimenez;
adapted by Ugo Ulive;
set by Marcelo Pont-Verges and Augusto Gonzalez;
costumes, Hugo Marquez, Mr. Pont-Verges and Mr. Gonzalez;
lighting, Trevor Brown and Mr. Gimenez;
original music, Juan Carlos Nunez;
sound, Eduardo Bolivar;
artistic production, Jorge Borges, Andres Vazquez and Gabriel Flores;
technical director, Freddy Belisario;
Festival Latino Directors, Oscar Ciccone and Cecilia Vega.
Executive producer, William Lopez;
ssociate producer, Jason Steven Cohen.
Jose Tejera: Miranda . . .
Nathalia Martinez: Caliban . . .
Daniel Lopez: Fernando . . .
Jesus Araujo: Captain/Old Spirit
Rodolfo Villafranca: Boatswain/Spirit . . .
Norman Santana: Alonso . . .
German Mendieta: Antonio . . .
Francisco Alfaro: Gonzalo . . .
Hugo Marquez: Sebastian . . .
Aitor Gaviria: Adrian . . .
Ramon Goliz: Black Spirit . . .
William Cuao: Trinculo . . .
Cosme Cortazar: Estefano . . .
Anibal Grunn: Old Spirits/Sailors
Ricardo Martinez and Hector Becerra: Young Spirits/Sailors
Ismael Monagas and Gregorio Milano: Godesses/Nymphs . . .
Ivezku Celis: Sailor . . .