Caliban by the Yellow Sands

Percy MacKaye (1875 - 1956)

Caliban, the primitive, savage son of the witch Sycorax and the evil frog-tiger god Setebos, seeks to obtain knowledge and become civilized from a strange magician named Prospero and his young daughter, Miranda. Through fantastic visions (including of Shakespeare plays), poetry, song and dance, thus begins the slow, gradual education of a inquisitive brute as he faces enlightenment and wicked temptation.

Serving as a thematic companion piece and maybe spiritual prequel and midquel to William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Caliban by the Yellow Sands was a massive, elaborate and outdoor "community masque" performed from 1916-1917 in New York and Boston as part of the three-hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Preaching an anti-war message in response to the current events of World War I, it was a smashing success, as it was seen by over two hundred thousand spectators and utilized 1500 amateur artisans and actors to bring its giant vision to life. Summary by Mary Kay

Cast List:

Narrator: Amelia Chesley
Caliban: Craig Franklin
Miranda: Kieren Metts
Prospero: ToddHW
Ariel: Kristin Gjerløw
Voices from Below / Power of Setebos / All / The Dirge / The Soldiers: Tomas Peter
Voices from Within / Spirits of Ariel / All / The Chorus: MaryAnn
Sycorax / Cleopatra / Juliet / War / The Voice / Mrs. Page: Sonia
Cressida / Charmian / Perdita / Lust / The Emperor / Mrs. Quickly / The Spirit of Time: Lian Pang
Antony / Troilus / Horatio / Benvolio / Adam / Sir John Falstaff: alanmapstone
Pandarus / Ghost of Caesar / Hamlet / Mercutio / Lorenzo / The Duke / Sir Hugh Evans / King Henry the Fifth: Larry Wilson
Attendant / Brutus / Florizel / Marcellus / Romeo / Orlando / Pistol: Dafni Ma
Eros / The Boy / Lucius / Death / Jacques / Mrs. Ford: Leanne Yau

Genre(s): Plays, Published 1900 onward

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Preface Amelia Chesley
Play 02 Masque Structure, Person and Presences Amelia Chesley
Play 03 Prologue Group 00:30:09
Play 04 Act 1 Group 00:43:25
Play 05 Act 2 Group 00:35:34
Play 06 Act 3 Group 00:29:41
Play 07 Epilogue Group 00:06:42