Bernard Pomerance’s Miranda at the Highland Center for the Arts, July 26-28


Bernard Pomerance, author of the award-winning play, The Elephant Man, wrote his last play, Miranda, out of compassion for the indigenous peoples of the world. Did you know that William Shakespeare wrote The Tempest after the shipwreck of the HMS Sea Venture off the coast of the Carolinas?

Pomerance, who left us in 2017, wrote his final play as a treasure to be discovered. Inspired by The Tempest, the play is told as Prospero writes his memoirs, after he returns to Milan and is once again the Duke of Milan. Miranda, his daughter, is a grown woman. Prospero has forgiven his brother, the evil Ferdinand, now the powerful Cardinal of Milan.

Prospero remembers his time in the Americas and his love for the Powhatan princess Ariel and their child, Caliban. This production brings to life the early history of America, and features music and dance of Native Americans, including that of the Abenaki of Vermont -- and the magic of both the Powhatan and of Prospero. 

This play was optioned for HCA by GAAR in 2015. It will be directed by GAAR/The Mirror’s Artistic Director Sabra Jones, the award-winning director and actor. It is being produced in consultation with Native American actor/dancer Raoul Trujillo. Tiokasin Ghosthorse, world-renowned lecturer on the spirituality of the indigenous people, is Assistant Director of the play, as well as a performer and musician in the play.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and 20% off for seniors

Curtain time is 7:30pm on July 26 & 27, 3pm on July 28.

Miranda is presented with major support from Vermont Public Radio