CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Theatre’s Bard in the Quad returns this August with the Shakespeare romance, “The Tempest.”

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. nightly Aug. 2 through Aug. 5 and Aug. 9 through Aug. 12 in the Memorial Union Quad, 2501 S.W. Jefferson Way, Corvallis.

“The Tempest,” set on a strange and distant island, features Prospero, a sorcerer and rightful Duke of Milan, who conjures a storm to bring his usurping brother and various conspirators to his shores in an attempt to restore his daughter to her rightful place in the royal court. The tale features sprites, monsters, young love and intrigue.

The cast includes OSU students Lindsey Esch as Ariel; Srimanyu Ganapathineedi as boatswain/ensemble; Cole Haenggi as Ferdinand; Samantha Johnson as Ariel; Grace Klinges as Miranda; Thomas McKean as Trinculo; Nate Pereira as Ariel; Mike Stephens as Stephano; and Kyle Stockdall as Sebastian. The cast also includes community members Daniel Barber as Caliban; Matthew Holland as Prospero; Rachel Kohler as Alonso; and Angie de Morgan as Gonzolo.

Bard in the Quad performances are held outside and no seating is provided, creating a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Attendees are encouraged to bring low lawn chairs and/or blankets, warm clothing and food if desired. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and no one will be seated prior to that time.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for OSU students. Tickets are available online at or available by phone at the Theater Arts Box Office at 541-737-2784. A box office also will be available in the MU quad at 6:30 p.m. on performance evenings.

For additional information, call 541-737-2853.


Note to editors: Media are welcome to attend, interview cast and director and shoot photos/video during dress rehearsals July 31 and Aug. 1. Please contact Elizabeth Helman, [email protected], to arrange interviews with the cast, photo shoots, or to obtain photos.

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts encompasses seven distinct schools, as well as several interdisciplinary initiatives, that focus on humanities, social sciences, and fine and performing arts. Curriculum developed by the college’s nationally and internationally-renowned faculty prepares students to approach the complex problems of the world ethically and thoughtfully, contributing to a student's academic foundation and helping to build real-world skills for a 21st century career and a purposeful life.

Story By: 

Michelle Klampe, 541-737-0784, [email protected]


Elizabeth Helman, 541-737-3067, [email protected]

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