Ocean With Sign Language Hands; Text that Reads William Shakespeare's The Tempest Directed by Jessica Ernst Artistic Sign Language Direction by Kristin Johnson December 18 and 19

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center 
Cambridge, MA 
December 18 at 7:30 PM
December 19 at 2:00 PM 

An innovative “micro-theatre” adaptation, The Tempest features three actors playing 11 roles and incorporates both Shakespeare’s original text and sign language. This collaboration between hearing and Deaf theatre artists explores the power of language to create or destroy, liberate or oppress against a backdrop of magic, betrayal, and forgiveness. As Prospero rules his isle and plots revenge upon his usurping brother, each character navigates their own path towards a freedom rooted in love and vulnerability rather than fear and control. 

This is a semi-staged reading. Thank you for joining our process as we develop this new adaptation.


Runtime: approx. 90 minutes, no intermission

Both performances will be open captioned and ASL interpreted.


Elbert Joseph (they/them) - Ariel, Miranda, Trinculo

Vincent Siders (he/him) - Prospero, Alonso, Stephano

Shanelle Villegas (she/her) - Caliban, Ferdinand, Gonzalo, Antonio, Sebastian

Performance ASL Interpreters

Julia Barnes (she/her)

Shonnese Grant (she/her)

Creative Team

Director - Jessica Ernst (she/her)

Director of Artistic Sign Language - Kristin Johnson (she/her)

Sound Designer - Kyle Lampe (he/him)

Stage Manager - Elena Toppo (she/her)

This project is made possible by a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation.