We’re shipwrecked on an island with some lost Italians, an aristocratic magician and his beautiful daughter, a sprite, a creature, strange music…! This is one of Shakespeare’s last plays, and in it, he considers what happens when cultures collide, how innocence interacts with experience, and how one comes to terms with one’s life’s work. The Tempest is a serious comedy—sometimes hilarious, always full of thoughtful questions. “Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises,/ Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.” No reading for our first meeting, which will be an introduction, and then we’ll read an act a week until done.