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Howler’s Theatre presents an interactive, gender-swapped ‘Tempest’

Follow Shakespearean players around the wooded grounds of the Acre Orlando

Photo: Photo by Jamie-Lyn Markos, License: N/A

Photo by Jamie-Lyn Markos

THE TEMPEST


The director insists the gender swaps aren’t a gimmick, but an attempt to rekindle what resonated with him at an all-female production of Julius Caesar he once saw at Orlando Shakes: “They did such a fantastic job, I got more depth to the characters. A mom crying over her son is so much deeper than just a king saying he’s lost his heir.”

Just preparing for the show, which was mostly rehearsed in back yards, turned into an adventure: “We rehearsed in the park until the cops were called [and told us] we had 10 minutes to get out.” When I express concern at his financial vulnerability to the weather’s whims, Browning can only sigh, then laugh. “Let’s just say, I’ve spent the money. It’s already spent. Hang on for the ride!”

The Howler’s Theatre production of The Tempest runs 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 7-8 and Feb. 14-15, at the Acre Orlando, 4421 Edgewater Drive. Tickets are $15 or two for $25; call 407-579-1412 for reservations.

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