Two beeps or not two beeps? (That is the question.)

Dylan Paul as Captain Tempest and Emily Brown as Miranda. Photo by Michael Bailey.

The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton is pleased to present Bob Carlton’s rollicking starship musical, loosely based on The Tempest.  During the show, Captain Tempest and his fearless crew journey into hyperspace… and beyond. They land on the uncharted Planet D’Illyria, home of Mad Scientist Doctor Prospero and daughter Miranda. Adventure, romance and hilarity ensue.

With a jukebox assortment of some of the greatest hits of the 50s and 60s, a B-movie sci-fi setting, and dialogue borrowed from the greatest plays ever written, Return to the Forbidden Planet will have you dancing in your seat and laughing nonstop.

Rock and Roll Meets Shakespeare…In Outer Space

The musical production includes such toe-tapping numbers as Great Balls of Fire, Wipeout, Good Vibrations, Young Girl, Please Don’t Let me be Misunderstood, and Teenager in Love. All the numbers are performed live onstage with acoustic instruments. The costumes – and dance routines – would make Beyoncé proud.

So Punny, I Almost Cried

Even casual students of the Bard will instantly recognize such lines as “Two beeps, or not two beeps”, “Is this a monster that I see before me”, “Out damned blob” , and perhaps the best one-liner of all time — “Beware the Ids that march”.

Monsters Attack!

It’s not often that aliens invade the Blackfriars.  And since when do Shakespearean actors bust loose with a rousing rendition of Monster Mash?  It’s an out-of-this-world production, taking place in downtown Staunton. Bring it on!  (If you have teenagers, bring them too. They’ll love it.)

Return to the Forbidden Planet will be performed every week in repertory (the same group of actors in all shows) along with Romeo and Juliet and All’s Well That Ends Well.  Check the American Shakespeare Center website for specific show times or call 877-Much-Ado.

BE WARNED:  Audience participation is necessary. The spacecraft needs a bit of help to correct its intergalactic path.  Don’t worry, the actors can show you how to get your reverse polarity on.

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