Hamlette by William Shakespeare (mostly)
The death of Queen Hamlette throws her daughter, young Hamlette, into a deep depression. Even worse, her father the king instantly remarries -- to Claudia, Hamlette’s aunt. These events are stressful enough for the young princess without a sudden visit from an apparition in the shape of Queen Hamlette. The ghost tries to convince Hamlette that she was murdered by none other than Claudia, but how is Hamlette supposed to know for sure whether the ghost speaks truth, or even if the ghost is who she says she is, instead of a devil trying to tempt Hamlette to commit a mortal sin? With the help of her closest friend Hortensia, Hamlette sets about to find out once and for all whether Queen Claudia deserves death for her crimes against her family.
We at Bare Bones Shakespeare work to challenge stereotypes and assumptions. In this production, we not only want to challenge the audience to review their assumptions about gender and mental illness, but we also want to shake up the assumptions about Hamlet itself. This play is so carefully studied and constantly referenced in English-speaking culture, that it becomes easy to lose the context of the very words that have become so famous. Our signature Company Directed style allows the actors to choose for themselves how reversing the genders changes the characters’ relationships and illuminates the text.
Performances will take place at Rover Dramawerks,
221 W Parker Rd, Plano, TX 75023
Thursday 7/5 at 8pm $10 or pay-what-you-can at the door
Friday, 7/6 at 8pm $24/$20
Saturday, 7/7 at 3pm $18/$15
Saturday, 7/7 at 8pm $24/$20
Sunday, 7/8 at 3pm $18/$15
Thursday 7/12 at 8pm $18/$15
Friday, 7/13 at 8pm $24/$20
Saturday, 7/14 at 3pm $18/$15
Saturday, 7/14 at 8pm $24/$20