Celebrating 400 years of Shakespeare with a new edition of The Tempest
Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series’ newest book maintains play’s integrity in condensed format
CHANDLER, AZ (Spring 2015)—The exhilarating chronicle of stormy seas that leads to enchanting revelations, The Tempest will soon be available as the eighth book in the popular Sixty-Minute Shakespeare series. The series, adapted by Cass Foster, professor emeritus of theatre, already includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night.
“Sixty-Minute Shakespeare has achieved the fine balance in keeping Shakespeare’s integrity while abbreviating his plays into smaller and more manageable adaptions. Foster keeps to the original language whenever possible, which raises this text above other interpretations that sacrifice language and intent to better provide for the reader’s clarity,” said K.C., an Amazon reviewer.
To be released in June this year, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Foster’s version of The Tempest, as with all books in the series, is not a revision or a modernization of the romantic comedy. It is a carefully condensed version of Shakespeare’s magnificently lyrical language. Foster skillfully retains the character of the tale of Prospero’s magical manipulation of the sea designed to control the fate of his enemies and his beloved daughter, Miranda. The captivating prose and verse provide readers and theater students alike with the same colorful experience and excitement that the unabridged version of the classic presents, but with a greatly reduced time requirement.
Additionally, Foster has provided unobtrusive footnotes on nearly every page, explaining the more obscure words and phrases to help the reader better comprehend and appreciate the play.
“Cass Foster deftly reduces the dialogue in The Tempest, modifying the complex script to enable it to be performed in sixty minutes rather than three hours,” said Linda F. Radke, founder and president of Five Star Publications, Inc.
This highly acclaimed series makes Shakespeare more approachable in all 50 US states, in all Canadian provinces, and in 45 countries where it is sold.
Sixty-Minute Shakespeare: The Tempest, (ISBN: 978-1-58985-236-5, softbound; eISBN: 978-1-58985-237-2, eBook; $8.99 US / $9.99 CAN) is a Five Star Publications, Inc. product distributed by Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Midpoint Trade Books, and eStarPublish.com. The book will soon be available at most major bookstores, BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com and FiveStarPublications.com. For more about the book, visit www.GetShakespeare.com.
To learn more about Five Star Publications, Inc. and its 30-year history of producing award-winning books for all ages, visit www.FiveStarPublications.com, email [email protected]or call 480-940-8182.
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