New Perspectives Theatre Company's track record with the Bard has been a good one, winning us critical acclaim for innovative stagings of Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Othello and Julius Caesar, as well as an OOBR Award for our Burlesque production of The Taming of the Shrew.
Hamlet will continue in this tradition, offering a singular NPTC vision for this play that incorporates historical, scholarly and theatrical research in a highly physical production.
Considered by some to be one of the "problem" plays, theatre practitioners, literary critics and average folks have debated the true meaning of this play for centuries. Is Hamlet actually a tragic hero? Is his lunacy feigned, or is there some deep misogyny lurking in his antics? Is it bi-polar disorder? An Oedipal Complex?
NPTC has looked at some fascinating but relatively obscure scholarship tying the structure of the script to The Book of Revelation! Author Linda Kay Hoff makes a compelling case, identifying the parallel elements in the play and the Bible, and puts forth a convincing argument as to Hamlet's viewpoint from a 16th Century perspective and the almost century-long religious wars that took place after Henry VIII's establishment of the Church of England. The Book of Revelation was very much on Protestant minds.
As always, NPTC takes the source material, existing scholarship and the First Folio version of the play, and applies these to our contemporary world in order to find our own "perspective.” What we have "found" is that concern with The Book of Revelation and "end times" has once again entered the POLITICAL realm and it’s deeply disturbing. NPTC's vision of Doomsday isn't quite the one that the Apostle John "witnessed.” Meganne George (production designer) and David L. Schulder (sound and video designer).
Director: Melody Brooks
Production Designer: Meganne George
Sound & Video Designer: David L. Schulder
Fight Choreography: Ray Rodriguez
Cast: Bill Blechingberg (Claudius), Bernardo Cubria (Hamlet), Jenny Greeman (Ophelia), C. Amanda Maud (Gertrude), Rafael Jordan (Horatio), Kim Sullivan (Polonius), Terrell Tilford (Laertes), James Edward Becton, Amanda Johnson, Mikaela Lynn Johnson, Steve Lynn, Ray Rodriguez and Kerry Watterson.New Perspectives Theatre Company's track record with the Bard has been a good one, winning critical acclaim for its innovative stagings of Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Othello and Julius Caesar, as well as an OOBR Award for its Burlesque production of The Taming of the Shrew.
Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday, May 16 at 2pm.
Theater: Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios
Address: 244 W 54th St
New York, NY 10036
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