Ran­dom Acts

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The Royal Shake­speare Com­pany’s The Tempest screens at Jean Cocteau Cin­ema; a stage ver­sion of 1984 kicks off at Santa Fe Play­house; and Dead Man Win­ter and the Old 97’s rock the Bridge at Santa Fe Brew­ing Com­pany

The distin­guished ac­tor Simon Rus­sell Beale has been ab­sent from the ros­ter of the Royal Shake­speare Com­pany for more than two decades, but he re­cently made his come­back as Pros­pero in The Tempest, very pos­si­bly the last play the Bard wrote on his own. Gre­gory Do­ran, the com­pany’s artis­tic di­rec­tor and specif­i­cally the di­rec­tor of this pro­duc­tion, has pointed out that this play in­cludes a masque seg­ment, a sort of show within the show that would have in­cor­po­rated the most up-to-date stage tech­nol­ogy avail­able back in Shake­speare’s time. But rather than em­ploy just the lat­est and great­est avail­able then, he de­cided to em­ploy what qual­i­fies as ad­vanced mod­ern stage tech­nol­ogy to­day. The RSC there­fore teamed up with In­tel and The Imag­i­nar­ium Stu­dios to use “live mo­tion cap­ture” to trans­form the sprite Ariel into an oth­er­worldly be­ing that both in­hab­its the ac­tor play­ing that part and flits about through com­puter-gen­er­ated en­hance­ments. The pro­duc­tion has been filmed for in­ter­na­tional cin­ema dis­tri­bu­tion, and the Jean Cocteau Cin­ema (418 Mon­tezuma Ave., 505-466-5528) will screen it be­gin­ning at 4:30 p.m. on Fri­day, March 31, and con­tin­u­ing through Wed­nes­day, April 5. Tick­ets ($9, with dis­counts for stu­dents and se­niors) can be had through www.jean­cocteaucin­ema.com and at the door. — James M. Keller

Mark Quar­t­ley and Simon Rus­sell Beale

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