Hamlet

2/26/2015 - 3/8/2015
12:00 AM
11:59 PM
Young Actor Series
"Hamlet" -- Feb. 26 to March 8, 2015

Running Feb. 26 to March 8, 2015

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • Fridays (Feb. 27 and March 6) at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays (Feb. 28 and March 7) at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m.
  • PLUS Thursday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday, March 3 and Thursday, March 5 at 10 a.m.

"Hamlet" -- Feb. 26 to March 8, 2015

A tragedy by William Shakespeare
Directed and fight directed by John Davis

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark!”

When the King of Denmark is murdered, young Prince Hamlet seeks revenge against his Uncle Claudius for the untimely death of his father!

Rubber City Shakespeare Company
A Weathervane Playhouse
Young Actor/
Emerging Artist Series production — produced in partnership with Rubber City Shakespeare Company!

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, has multiple woes. The ghost of his father haunts Elsinore Castle. His uncle, Claudius, has married Queen Gertrude, his mother, and assumed the throne. When Hamlet meets the ghost, his dead father reveals that Claudius poisoned him — and the ghost demands that Hamlet exact revenge.

Devin Fenn (left) plays Hamlet
and Cait McNeal plays Ophelia.
CLICK HERE to see more photos from the show on Weathervane's Flickr page!

In order to carry this out, Hamlet feigns madness; as part of his insanity, he scorns the affections of Ophelia, daughter of Polonius, to whom he had made romantic overtures. Polonius grows concerned over the apparent insanity that has beset Hamlet and reveals it to the King and Queen.

Meanwhile, Hamlet struggles to convince himself that Claudius is the murderer of his father, and in an attempt to "catch the king's conscience," Hamlet convinces a traveling troupe of actors to perform a play in which the action closely resembles the events related to him by the ghost.

Background on the Play

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark — most often shortened to just Hamlet
is Shakespeare’s longest play and has often been cited as one of the most enduring and influential works in all of English literature. Scholars report that Shakespeare wrote Hamlet at some point between 1599 and 1602. Though solid evidence is scarce, the first production of the play most likely took place in 1602.

The Internet Broadway Database lists 66 separate Broadway productions of Hamlet in the years between 1761 and 2015. A host of legendary actors have played the title role on Broadway including (but not limited to) such notable names as John Barrymore (two times in the 1920s), John Gielgud (1936), Maurice Evans (four times in the 1930s and 1940s), Richard Burton (1964), Sam Waterston (1975), Ralph Fiennes (1995) and Jude Law (2009).

Shakespeare’s tragic tale has also been a popular source for movie makers. In 1900, the legendary English actress Sarah Bernhardt starred in a five-minute short film of the play’s fencing scene. Film exhibitors were also given a phonograph record (with Bernhard reciting Shakespeare’s words) and the record played as the film unspooled. Laurence Olivier directed and starred in a 1948 film adaptation that would go on to win the Academy Award for best picture. In 1969, English director Tony Richardson’s version featured Nicol Williamson as Hamlet and Marianne Faithfull as Ophelia. Frequent Shakespeare adaptor Franco Zeffirelli cast Mel Gibson as the moody Danish prince and Glenn Close as his mother Gertrude for his 1990 movie. English actor and director Kenneth Branagh cast himself in the title role for his 1996 big-screen adaptation. Branagh’s version is notable for his choice to retain all of the play’s dialogue; consequently, his epic version clocks in at four hours and two minutes. Due to its length, the studio released two versions: a two-and-a-half-hour cut played in most markets and the full-length four-hour cut played only in select locations.

(Sources for this information: BardWeb.net, Wikipedia, the Internet Broadway Database and the Internet Movie Database.)

TICKET INFORMATION

$14 for adults (ages 18 and older)
$11 for children (ages 17 and younger)
$11 for groups of 10 or larger

A special discounted ticket price is also available for school groups for the three 10 a.m. performances.
Attention teachers: Please contact the Box Office directly at 330-836-2626 to book your group for one of our three weekday school matinees.

BOX OFFICE INFORMATION

Buy tickets in person or by telephone (330-836-2626) during the following hours:
• Mondays: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Tuesdays through Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Performance Saturdays only: Noon to 5 p.m.
• The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the final curtain.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets online!

(NOTE: Group orders — and tickets for the three 10 a.m. performances — are NOT available online. Instead, please contact the Box Office directly.)

THE CAST

DEVIN FENN
Hamlet   

DANIELLE GRUHLER
Queen Gertrude

JASEN J. SMITH
King Claudius

CAIT McNEAL
Ophelia

ZACH MANTHEY
Laertes

JEFF BIXBY
Polonius

JOE SORIANO
Horatio

STEVEN NUNLEY
Rosencrantz/Player

DANIEL WALKER
Guildenstern/Player

DANE C.T. LEASURE
Osric/Ghost

THOMAS M. WYATT
Marcellus/Player

JASON CALVERT
Gravedigger/Player King

AMARA MASCIOLI
Gravedigger’s daughter

THE CREATIVE TEAM

JOHN DAVIS
Director, Fight Director

MICHELE McNEAL
Stage Manager

CALISTA PEPE
Assistant Stage Manager

SCOTT CRIM
Lighting Designer

PAMELA PARKS-COSTA
Properties Designer

CHRIS CZIROK
Sound Designer

JASEN J. SMITH
Costume Designer

ALAN SCOTT FERRALL
Scenic Designer and Technical Director

KATHY KOHL
Assistant Technical Director

 

Box Office Info

Mondays: 10 am to 4 pm
Tuesdays—Fridays: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Performance Saturdays: Noon to 5 pm

The Box Office is also open beginning one hour before each performance and remains open until the end of each performance.

Get tickets by phone at 330-836-2626
or purchase online.*

*A $3.00 per-ticket surcharge will be added to each Internet sale.
*A $2.00 per-ticket facility-and-handling fee will be added to each telephone or window sale.
*Group orders are not available online.

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