A Tempest: Based on Shakespeare's The Tempest : Adaptation for a Black Theatre

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Ubu Repertory Theater, 1992 - Drama - 72 pages
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A troupe of black actors perform their own Tempest. Cesaire's rich and insightful adaptation draws on contemporary Caribbean society, the African-American experience and African mythology to raise questions about colonialism, racism and their lasting effects.

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User Review  - Noha - Goodreads

In this rewriting of Shakespeare's The Tempest, Black Caliban and mulatto Ariel are given so much depth. They become mouthpieces of the colonised peoples representing two prototypes; the rebel and the "noble savage". The message of the plays is pretty straightforward. Read full review

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User Review  - Emily Whelchel - Goodreads

I read this book for class and was not impressed. A Tempest is taken from Shakespeare's original work and politicized. That's all there is to it. Read full review

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About the author (1992)

Poet and politician Aimé Césaire was born in Basse-Pointe, Martinique on June 26, 1913. He attended high school and college in France. While in Paris, he helped found the journal Black Student in the 1930s. During World War II, he returned to Martinique and was mayor of Fort-de-France from 1945 to 2001, except for a break from 1983 to 1984. He also served in France's National Assembly from 1946 to 1956 and from 1958 to 1993. In 1946, he helped Martinique shed its colonial status and become an overseas department of France. Some of his best known works include the book Discourse on Colonialism, the essay Negro I Am, Negro I Will Remain, and the poem Notes from a Return to the Native Land. He was being treated for heart problems and other ailments when he died on April 17, 2008.

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