Programs and events will be held at Brooks Academy Museum unless otherwise noted. Unless stated otherwise, admission to programs is $5 for adults; $4 for members. $2 for kids and students.

Event Information:

  • Thu

    “Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck”

    5:30 pmBrooks Free Library

    This one hour travel documentary follows the story of Stephen Hopkins, the only Mayflower passenger who had been to the New World before. We trace his beginnings in Hampshire, to shipwreck on Bermuda and death sentence for mutiny, commutation and service at Jamestown, return to England with Pocahontas, and his ultimate voyage as leader of the contingent of Strangers amidst the Separatists bound for New England in 1620.

    Even before Hopkins' return from Virginia, his misadventures were immortalized in Shakespeare's final play, The Tempest, as inspiration for the drunken would-be usurper, Stephano. Filmed on location with interviews of noted historians.

    The public screening will be accompanied by broadcast on local access TV and Rhode Island PBS.

    This film screening will be followed with a Q&A by the filmmakers from Hit and Run History.

    Watch the trailer here!

    This program is supported in part by a grant from the Harwich Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.