Dude. What makes you so interesting anyway? Why should I spend four and a half hours of my life watching YOU mope about the stage debating your sanity and your mother’s fidelity? I’ve got problems of my own, you know, buddy. I don’t have time to worry about your to be’s or not to be’s. I mean it was 412 years ago… if you haven’t figured it out by now, let it go. For reals.
Ohh, rude-urban-slang Rita, me thinks you dost protest too much.
Hamlet is one of the greatest literary treasures of the English language and, in reality I am thrilled to be spending several evenings (and Sunday afternoons) with the great Dane over the next few weeks. I don’t have to travel to Elsinore Castle or even The Globe Theatre in London. The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory is putting on Hamlet right here in Charm City as part of the Summer of Magic and Mayhem.
Tom Delise, the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s Artistic Director told broadwayworld.com that “HAMLET is not simply the tragedy of the Prince of Denmark — it is also a ghost story, a detective story, a love story, a story of power and ambition, a revenge story, and even at times, a comedy.” [baltimore.broadwayworld.com]
The Factory works the words.
They delve heavily into Shakespeare’s original text to find “unexpected humor and provide clarity for audiences of all ages.” [Ibid] They talk to the audience (and are prepared for the audience to talk back to them.) That engagement between player and patron brings the Shakespeare experience to a whole new level.
Hamlet is playing at three locations (the BSF’s year round home at St. Mary’s in Hampden, at Evergreen, and at Boordy Vineyards) with the bulk of the performances occurring in the Meadow at Evergreen. When you go bring sun screen, bug spray, a blanket or lawn chair and an umbrella .The second production the Factory is mounting this summer is A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s another of the Bard’s most popular plays. It’s a more family friendly option if you’ve got young Shakespeare lovers. It has less death (corpse count: Midsummer O / Hamlet’s 8 — plus the Ghost) and more fairies. There’s love, there’s magic…there’s even a guy who literally gets his head turned into that of an Ass. How fun is that? I have a special spot in my heart for Midsummer, especially for Puck, that merry wanderer of the night!
Hope to see you under the stars for some swordplay and Shakespeare this summer!
- Secondary Character Saturday: Horatio (ritalovestowrite.com)
- 2014 Shakespeare Festival lineup announced (winonadailynews.com)
- 5 Career Lessons From Shakespeare (mint.com)
- July Creative Challenge Day 7: Courage (ritalovestowrite.com)
- July Creative Challenge Day 3: EXPLORATION (ritalovestowrite.com)
- July Creative Challenge Day 4: PRIDE (ritalovestowrite.com)
- July Creative Challenge Day 8: Grudge (ritalovestowrite.com)