The Drilling Company presents a new, free staging of Shakespeare's great tragedy for its 2018 Shakespeare in the Parking Lot production, featuring a female Hamlet. More…
Director Karla Hendrick will stage the character as a modern young woman of intelligence and wisdom. This Hamlet, clad in skirts, is rendered powerless when her uncle, Claudius, inserts himself into the line of succession and thrusts her aside. Determined and noble, she is someone who would take control through heart and with strength, but her conscience is a paralyzing force; moreover, she finds herself continuously isolated and betrayed by those closest to her and this impacts her ability to function.
“The Drilling Company’s adaptation of the play expertly brings it to a modern and very familiar American setting and ethos...Accessible and entertaining, but also relevant to an age when stories of political intrigue, class division and societal change dominate American media and thought...An entertaining show even for those who find it difficult to keep track of all of Shakespeare’s poetic flourishes and complicated plot points.” Full Review
See it if You love Hamlet, and are OK with converting several male roles to female, including the big kahuna. They do a good job of the shift.
Don't see it if You hope the acting level will be at least equal to usual Drilling Company standards, and that you will be able to hear most of the text.
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