Robbins Library and ACMi Host Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck

In an exclusive joint local broadcast and online event, ACMi and Robbins Library host an Arlington-only screening of Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck on Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. This event will be hosted on Facebook Live.

The 90-minute film follows the story of the only Mayflower passenger who had been to North America previously. A decade earlier, Stephen Hopkins had been aboard a Jamestown-bound ship that wrecked on Bermuda, inspiring Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest. Two-time Emmy-nominated producer and host Andrew Giles Buckley, a Hopkins descendant, grew up hearing stories that New Plymouth’s iconoclast tavern keeper may have the model for The Tempest’s drunken and mutinous Stephano. 

Shot on location, the intrepid Hit and Run History crew retraces Hopkins’ life crisscrossing the Atlantic. In their Gumshoe Historian style, Buckley and the crew of Hit and Run History retraces Hopkins’ life from. England to Bermuda, Jamestown, and Plymouth.  Hopkins came to know Native Americans in the New World and Old. Hopkins’ experiences with Pocahontas, Squanto and Massasoit would serve him and the Separatists aboard the Mayflower in establishing their fledgling settlement in New England. 

Anna Litten, Assistant Director of Libraries says, “We’re so glad that we can continue to support recipients of Arlington Cultural Council grants during this period.”  Litten adds, “we’re so thankful that ACMi has partnered with us on this event. Together, we’ve been able to create a streaming event that will work well for attendees.”  

This Facebook Live event will feature a livestream of the film along with a  Q&A with Buckley hosted by the Robbins Library. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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