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Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck – Documentary Airing on Dedham TV
July 2 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Friday, repeating until July 9, 2021
Two-time Emmy-nominated producer Andrew Giles Buckley and his crew are hot on the trail of Stephen Hopkins, a Virginia-bound castaway who found his way not only onto the decks of the Mayflower a decade later, but immortalized on stage as the drunken Stephano in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
The 90-minute film follows the story of the only Mayflower passenger who had been to North America previously. A decade earlier, Hopkins was aboard a Jamestown-bound ship whose wreck on Bermuda inspired the Bard’s final play. Shot on location, the intrepid Hit and Run History team retraces Hopkins’ life crisscrossing the Atlantic, intersecting with the likes of Pocahontas and Squanto. Buckley, a Hopkins descendant, grew up hearing stories that New Plymouth’s iconoclast tavern keeper may have the model of The Tempest’s drunken and mutinous Stephano. In their Gumshoe Historian style, Hit and Run History seeks out the reality of a man who was everywhere at the founding of America.