Blondell Brings ‘Tempest’ to Europe

Sara Reynolds ’11, Stanley Hoffman, Michael Bernard and Victoria Finlayson in “The Tempest” (Photo by David Bazemore)

Sara Reynolds ’11, Stanley Hoffman, Michael Bernard and Victoria Finlayson in “The Tempest” (Photo by David Bazemore)

John Blondell, Westmont professor of theater arts, has returned to the Balkans to stage Lit Moon Theatre’s performance of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Blondell is joined by Marie Ponce-DeLeon ’10, Nolan Hamlin ’12, and Sara Reynolds ’11, who play Miranda, Ferdinand, and Ariel, respectively. The show is part of the Butrinti 2000 Festival in Butrint, Albania, and opens Saturday, July 20, in an open-air amphitheater built in 300 BC.

Blondell directs “The Tempest” on Wednesday, July 24, as part of the Bitola International Shakespeare Festival in Bitola, Macedonia. The festival includes a performance of “Henry VI, Part 3,” which Blondell directed in Macedonia and London in May 2012.

“The Tempest,” which was a popular and critical hit in October, includes Michael Bernard, Victoria Finlayson, Stanley Hoffman and Matt Tavianini. Blondell says he hopes to reopen the show locally in September.