After a successful run in May, James Jennings' tightly-paced production of the entire, uncut text of HAMLET re-opens at the American Theatre of Actors
In modern performance, Shakespeare's plays are often cut, and further adapted somehow. While such productions may be excellent, too often they end up losing—first by cutting, then by dressing up—the heart of the play. This show does the opposite, favoring the style of Shakespeare's original productions: It lays bare the drama, with a nearly empty stage and simple costumes letting the focus fall on a play that deserves it.
At the opening of HAMLET, the title character is mourning the recent death of his father, the king of Denmark, as well as his mother's swift marriage to his uncle Claudius, who has now ascended to the throne. Even as Hamlet bemoans these events, he is visited by his father's ghost, who tells how he was in fact murdered by the scheming Claudius. This sets in motion a plot that eventually consumes the whole of the monarchy. The powerful ensemble performance by this talented cast allows the audience to fully understand and appreciate this great play.
About the Company: American Theatre of Actors
The American Theatre of Actors was founded in 1976 by James Jennings, who continues as its President and Artistic Director. It is a repertory theatre company consisting of 50 actors, 20 playwrights and 10 directors. Its purpose is to promote the development of new playwrights, directors and actors and provide them a creative atmosphere in which to work without the pressures of commerical theatre. The plays are dramas and comedies dealing with the social and ethical problems of contemporary society. Over 800 new works have been presented and more than 8000 actors have worked at ATA, including Dennis Quaid, Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, Dan Lauria, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin O'Connor, Kevin Spacey, William Fichtner and Edie Falco.
Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm
Theater: American Theatre Of Actors
Address: 314 West 54th Street
New York, NY 10019
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