Virtual Screening of Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck
The Brookline Interactive Group and the Public Library of Brookline present a joint broadcast of Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck, followed by an interactive Q&A with Emmy-nominated filmmaker Andrew Giles Buckley. The film and Q&A will air Monday, September 13 at 6:30 PM on BIG’s television, Facebook, and YouTube channels.
The 90-minute film follows the story of Stephen Hopkins, the only Mayflower passenger who had been to North America previously. A decade earlier, Hopkins had been aboard a Jamestown-bound ship that wrecked on Bermuda, inspiring Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest. Buckley, a Hopkins descendant, grew up hearing stories that New Plymouth’s iconoclast tavern keeper may have been the model of The Tempest’s drunken and mutinous Stephano.
Shot on location, Buckley and the intrepid Hit and Run History crew retrace Hopkins’ life crisscrossing the Atlantic. From England to Bermuda, Jamestown, Plymouth, and more, Stephano recounts how Hopkins’ story intersected with Colonial American history and with Native American figures such as Pocahontas, Tisquantum (Squanto), and Massasoit. Stephano is a fascinating exploration of history told through the lens of Hopkins’ remarkable life.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Brookline Commission for the Arts, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
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