“Tempest” Recap

Howdy Internet,


I just returned from two weeks up in Vermont performing Caliban in “The Tempest” with Vermont Shakespeare Company. It was a wonderful experience with an immensely talented cast and crew. We received a rave review in the weekly Vermont newspaper Seven Days. Here is what they had to say about my performance:



“The current of energy first invoked by Prospero’s incantations remains high throughout the show, whether that spark is embodied by the brutish, Gollum-like Caliban (Dean Linnard), revived by the drunken antics of sailors Trinculo (Christopher Payseur) and Stephano (Collin Smith) or reflected in the eyes of the two young lovers …


[T]he physical comedy enacted by Caliban and the two sailors is riotous and perfectly timed. When Trinculo crawls under a pile of rags, with which Caliban has disguised himself to escape a second tempest, the resulting quadruped of their jumbled limbs is worthy of a “Saturday Night Live” skit …


Linnard pours heart and soul into the crouching, wretched slave Caliban, spending much of the performance hunched over on his knuckles. The requisite teeth gnashing and dirty garments capably represent Caliban’s evil nature, but Linnard does well to infuse a touch of pathos, as well.” (Lindsay J. Westley, “Weathering a Real “Tempest,” the Show Goes On for Vermont Shakespeare Company” in “Sate of the Arts,” August 15th 2012)



You can read the entire review here:




August News

Hello Internet,


Tomorrow I depart for Vermont to play Caliban in Vermont Shakespeare Company’s production of “The Tempest.” We perform August 10 – 12 in Knight Point State Park in North Hero and then August 17 – 19 in Oakledge Park in Burlington. For ticket information and more please visit:




The Reviews Are In …

The Children’s show I was in, “Sarazad and the Monster-King,” closed last week, but before we closed we got reviewed by the New York Times! Here’s what they had to say about my performance:


“But if “Sarazad” has a shaky grasp of real-life monsters, it succeeds charmingly with the kind from dreams. Dean Linnard, turned expertly ghoulish by Sabrina Khan’s costume design (almost too ghoulish for preschoolers) plays the Monster-King with an upper-crust Vincent Price accent and a zombie’s hunger. Sarazad makes up story after story to stay out of his stew pot.” (Laurel Graeber, “Spare Times: For Children”, July 13th 2012)


That’s right, friends: I’m almost too ghoulish for preschoolers. You’d best tell me stories if you don’t want to get stewed!

Latest News

In August I will be playing Caliban in “The Tempest” with Vermont Shakespeare Company:




In July my solo piece “Hamlet: A One-Man Show” will have its New York premiere as part of Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s New Works series:




In June and July I will be playing the Monster-King in the world premier of “Sarazad and the Monster-King,” a children show being produced by The TRUF at the Canal Park Playhouse:



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