A Production Unlike Any Other You Will See This Season

March 8, 2007

HamletHamletMarch 19-20 at Blackfriars Playhouse.

The play marks the culmination of three years of work as scholars and artists. In order to produce a play that would challenge and highlight each of the Master of Fine Arts candidates, this particular rendition ofHamlettells the story by going beyond age, sex, and the norm. Anna Northam, this production’s Hamlet, has recently portrayed Ophelia and Gertrude professionally, and as a result, her performance includes a poignant connection with Lesley Larsen’s Ophelia and Katherine Mayberry’s Gertrude.

Three of the company members are formerly professional ballet dancers, and the production highlights these talents in the stylized movement of all the actors. As a collaborative musical ensemble, the cast has also written two new songs for the production. Each actor works backstage as well as onstage to ensure that this production will be unlike any otherHamletyou will see.

Mary Baldwin University assistant professor Jaq Bessell directs the play, with an emphasis on bringing an exciting and clear story to the audience. As students of 400-year-old plays, each actor hopes that the audience will leave with a renewed appreciation for the timelessness of Shakespeare’s works.

Those interested in making a full night ofHamlet, are also invited to Shakespearean scholar Patrick Tucker’s talk, “The Surprising History of Hamlet,” at 6 p.m. on March 19 at the Blackfriars Playhouse.

The public is invited March 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. to see this uniqueHamletat the Blackfriars Playhouse, 10 S. Market Street, Staunton. A reception will follow both performances. Admission is free.