Deus X Machina will present a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" in collaboration with the residents of NewHolly in south Seattle.
With a cast of community members as well as professional actors, "The Tempest at NewHolly" will be presented outdoors at 7 p.m. July 20 through 22 at 7 p.m. on the NewHolly campus, 7050 32nd Ave. S. Admission is free.
Shakespeare's play about the big storm is also the story of a father, Prospero, who creates an island home for his daughter, Miranda. Driven from his home by political forces, including the treachery of his own brother, Prospero strives to make a better world for his daughter to grow up in.
"The Tempest at NewHolly" is based on stories of immigration and family from the residents of NewHolly.
The Deus X Machina Theatre is an ensemble of artists who originally met 15 years ago while working at Annex Theatre in Los Angeles. The troupe creates performances with and about communities that have limited access to the arts. These are communities rich in stories, tradition and heritage, but they often lack the ways to tell about their past so they can shape their futures.
The collaborative process with the community begins with a lengthy series of interviews and story circles to understand what moves the community, what they dream about and what hardships they experience every day. The process with NewHolly began in March 2005. The goal was to cast as many community members as possible to build relationships that can best tell the community's story.
For more information visit www.dxmtheater.org.