Genre: Classical
by William Shakespeare, at York College Theatre, CUNY York College

Abandoned with his daughter to a mystical island off the coast of Africa, Prospero, a powerful magician, sets out to right the wrongs done to him by his evil brother, Antonio, and his power hungry allies.  At turns comic, dramatic, suspenseful, and charming,  The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved romances.

Set in modern day Africa, this production spins our view of Shakespeare’s characters upside down, so that we may take a fresh look at his potent themes of justice, power, and the limits of rationalism.

Haunting the poetry with more musical imagery than any other Shakespearean play, The Tempest has found its voice  with musical guest artist Atiba Kwabena-Wilson, who will perform traditional and newly composed music for the production.  Also featured is the evocative set design of David T. Jones, the vivid lighting of guest designer, Paul Hudson, and the original costumes of guest artist Allison Crutchfield. 

Join us for music, dancing, and a cast of 19 York College students & 10 children from The Learning Tree  Multi-Cultural School of Corona, Queens -

Jada Denise Brooks - Yazmin Dene Baptiste - Mikayla Gilyard - Keslie Joseph - Brian Kennedy - Destiny Kennedy - Michael Kennedy - Shynece Norfleet - Sabrina Raouf - Laila Raouf

as York College presents its first fully staged Shakespearean play...

A classic for the entire family!

Open:   04/30/10
Close:   05/08/10

• Friday, April 30 at 4pm
• Saturday, May 1 at 2pm
• Tuesday, May 4 at Noon
• Friday, May 7 at 7pm
• Saturday, May 8 at 2pm
• Saturday, May 8 at 7pm
Theater:   York College Little Theatre, Performing
Address:   94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11451
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Cost:$7 general public - $5 York College students with ID or Call: at

Hopeton Allen(Trinculo) is a  Junior at York College. He has always had a passion for acting and the stage. Hopeton is currently majoring in Psychology, with a minor in Theatre Arts. This is Hopeton’s fourth production here at York College. He was previously in Harlem Speak Easy, The Exonerated, and SPEAK OUT.   He has done numerous plays in high school and was in a CAT Youth Theatre production. Hopeton is set on becoming an Entertainment Lawyer in the future. The words he lives by are:   “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can.Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”

Rashia Burrell(The Ariel) is a Junior at York College. She graduated from Music & Art High School (LaGuardia), and from the Juilliard School 2-year Music Advancement Program.  She was also a member of Amas Off-Broadway Musical Theatre founded by Rossetta LeNoire.  A member of the singing group Bittar Sweet, she has studied at the John Robert Powers Acting School and aspires to have a career in the entertainment Industry, and a degree in Law.

Fabella Decema (The Ariel) is an upper sophomore at York College majoring in gerontology studies.  It is her first time performing at York. Fabella has been acting, singing and modeling  since she was 8 years old and she is currently with an acting agency. Fabella plans to act in future shows at York and after graduation, to continue her career as a gerontologist and if that doesn't work out, she hopes to have a future on the big screen.

Guerschom Dieurine(Sebastian) is a junior at York College majoring in Speech Communication / Theatre Arts.   Her has been part of many plays outside of school;  this is his debut performance at York.  He seeks to pursue a career in the theatre after completing his degree.

Kevin Gómez(Mariner 1) is in his 6th semester at York College and is now majoring in Speech Communications after changing it 7 times. The Tempest is Kevin’s second York College production and he is honored and excited to participate. Kevin recently took up an interest in acting, and after being trained by the Wild Samoans he hopes to achieve great accomplishments in the theatre. His other accomplishments include: climbing sand castles, drowning fish, passing the 5th grade and being able to play songs on Hard in Guitar Hero. His interests are music, writing and Jessica Alba. Kevin is also an active member of the drama club and is very excited to work in more York productions. “We mustn't compare ourselves to regular people, we're artists.” - (Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman).

Freddy Gonzalez(Master of the Ship) is an upper junior and  majoring in Theatre Arts and Speech Communication. This is his first time in a York College Theatre Production and will most certainly not be his last. He is an aspiring Director and is in hopes of becoming something huge in the future. For now though his main goals are finishing college and starting his own production team. Freddy feels in order to achieve excellence as a director he should study hard and work on his acting.  Expressing himself  through film and plays is something he’s wanted to do since he was 12.

Joe Grasso(Caliban) is a Senior at York double majoring in Poli-Sci and Theatre Arts.  Joe has performed numerous roles in York productions including Gary Gauger in The Exonerated, Abbie Hoffman inSpeak Out, The Plant inLittle Shop of Horrors, and the title role of last semester’s Scapin.  He is excited to be his first Shakespearean play.  Joe hopes to pursue theatre after graduation.  If you have work for him please find him after the show.

Leah Kesselly(Gonzalo) is a upper junior at York College is majoring in biology. Although she is studying medicine, she also has an extreme passion for acting. She has always been involved in the theater world whether it was on stage or working backstage. Leah has performed in various plays such as A Street Car Named Desire, Hamlet, and A Mid Summer Nights Dream. Leah also performed in her very first York College production Speak Out. The Tempest will be her second York College production. She is looking forward to participating in this performance, and anticipates her appearance in many more York College productions.

Arinze Nwogu(Mariner 2/ backstage building crew carpenter) is an upper junior at York College majoring in Speech Communication/Theatre arts. This is his first time being involved in a York Theatre production. He was an usher for York Theatre’s recent presentation of Scapin.

 Oyinkansola Ogunleye (The Ariel)is a Freshman Biology major at York College. She likes to keep herself occupied with many activities in and outside of school.   This semester she was a dancer in "I Am Pan Africa".   The Tempest is her debut performance.  Her career goal is to become an Obstetrician.

Olubukola Ogunmola(Miranada) who goes by the name Bukola, is a sophomore at York College. Her major is Business Administration and she has a minor is Theater Arts. She likes to read and watch movies.  Following last semester’s Fabulation, this is her second production with the York College Theater program. She is looking forward to being involved with many more.

Kazeem Oni(Alonso, King of Naples) is a York College lower junior, who is studying Computer Science. Born in Brooklyn, Kazeem was always a good story teller who could portray many different roles at the same time. So he decided to try acting out. He got his first acting opportunity in High School playing Othello. Therefore, Kazeem jumped at a chance to act in a York College production.  The Tempest  is his first play at York.

is a recent graduate of York College.  He earned his degree in English Literature with a minor in Theatre Arts.  Solomon has performed in number of York College productions including The Tempest, SpeakOUT, CVR, Oleanna and The Exonerated.   He is also building his career in the world of music. With his completed debut LP, Solomon is well on his way to becoming a “singing sensation."

Devon Phillips (Antonio) is a student at York College on the verge of completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management.  When Devon is not “soaring the skies, flying at 5000 feet off the ground,” he enjoys playing basketball and watching science-fiction movies such as Star Trek and Mission to Mars.  His favorite sitcoms are The Fresh Prince, Martin, The Jamie Foxx Show, and The Wayans Brothers.  These inspirations allow him to creatively express himself through acting.  This is Devon’s sixth production at York and he plans to continue doing as much acting as possible and branch off to all the opportunities God has offered him.

Bency Pierre (Francisco) is a a regular in the York College theater department.  Since transferring here from Hofstra University, he has been in numerous shows including Anna In The TropicsSPEAK OUT, The Exonerated, Scapin, and I am Pan Africa.  He is glad that he had the opportunity to be a part of them.  In his spare time, he loves to write spoken word poetry and rap. 

Emerson Sampaio (Ferdinand, Prince of Naples) is an upper junior, majoring in Business Administration.  The Tempest is the second play in his acting career.  Last semester he made his York College debut as Geronte in Moliere’s Scapin.  Aside from acting, Emerson enjoys singing and songwriting with his prized acoustic guitar.  A good quote to live by:  “I am bigger than my body gives me credit for.”  (John Mayer)

Ronald Soutar(Stephano) is a Sophmore  Speech Communications and Theatre Arts major at York College.  This is his second York performance, and he works in his spare time with the Ensemble Theatre Company in Manhattan.  He looks forward to a future in the performing arts.

Leatrice Whitney (The Ariel) is currently a junior at York College majoring in Speech Communication/Theater Arts and minoring in Childhood Education. She wants to become an elementary school teacher. Her long-term goal is to pursue a career in educational community outreach and support. The Tempest is Leatrice’s first time performing at York College, although she has been acting in dance recitals and theatrical productions since she was a toddler. She spent summers at Stagedoor Manor Performance Art Camp, participating in the theatrical productions of  “The Leader of the Pack” and ” Jesus Christ Superstar”.  Leatrice also enjoyed displaying her singing, dance and modeling talents while furthering her passion for horseback riding. One of her favorite films is "La Vie En Rose".

Phil Williams (Boatswain) is an upper sophomore at York College majoring in Music with a minor in English. Although this is his first time participating in a theatre production at York, he’s no stranger to the stage: he has been a member of the York College Big Band since 2008, under the direction of Prof. Zlabinger. Along with playing the saxophone, Phil possesses a strong passion for the written and spoken word, and he also plans to do some playwriting of his own in the near future. After graduating, Phil hopes to pursue a career in scoring music for film, television, and video games, as well as countless other ventures in the performing arts.