Genre: Classical, Drama
Written by William Shakespeare, Directed by Steven Carl McCasland

In The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective's sepia-toned, antiquitian world, a steampunk Hamlet returns from Denmark to find his father dead, his mother bedding his uncle and his country at the brink of war. To make things worse, he's being followed around by a clingy coquette with a particularly curious father and a very over-protective brother. Meanwhile, the ghost of his father roams the halls of Elsinore, his family's estate in Denmark. The haunted spirit reaches out to his son through means of the paranormal: the television glows with an eerie light and a record play begins to turn. As he seeks revenge of his father's end, lives will change their courses forever. 

Starring Rory Allan Meditz as Hamlet, Jackie Jacobi as Ophelia, John Johmann as Claudius and Tracy Jennissen as Gertrude. With John Caldara as Polonius, Dominick DeGaetano as Laertes, Kristen Vaphides as Rosencrantz and Kathleen Moran as Guildenstern. Also featuring Lena August, Bradley LeBoeuf*, Michael Callahan, Jessica McHugh and Patrick Whitehead.

*Bradley LeBoeuf will understudy the title role and perform Saturday matinees with Sunday evening, November 7th.
Emily Floyd will understudy the role of Ophelia and perform Saturday matinees with Sunday afternoon, November 14th.

Assistant Directed by Allison Wimer
Lighting by Gabriella DeGaetano
Fight Choreography by Ellyn Stein
Props and Stage Management by Griffin Parker
Hats by Amy Van Doran
Dramaturgy by Kate Adler
Costume, Sound and Direction by Steven Carl McCasland

*THE RED ROOM is a second-floor walk-up with no elevator. The KGB bar is right below. 

Run-time: 2 hours, 25 minutes with one 10 minute intermission.


About the Company: The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective

The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective was founded in the summer of 2010 by its Artistic Director, Steven Carl McCasland. McCasland, who founded Group Therapy Productions while a student at Pace University, has been directing in New York (Medea, A Streetcar Named Desire, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antigone, Death of a Salesman, Hamlet, and others) since 2005. 

Beautiful Soup uses theater to bring to light our own struggles and create a dialog. Exploring new works and classics in innovative ways, stretching a shoe-string budget to create visually enchanting minimalist productions, the Collective honors a different charitable organization with each production. Often using the themes of the play or musical to select the benficiary, a portion of funds raised at the box office are donated to the chosen charity.

While serving the community, the Soup strives to bring light to all types of theater, new and old. Each season, the Collective presents: 
-one revival of a "lost" play
-one revival of a "lost" musical
-one classical play (typically Shakespearean or Greek)
-one play (comedy or drama) written after 1960 OR one new play
-one production for all ages 

Previous productions include: the criticaly acclaimed world premiere play neat & tidy, the first New York revival of A Doll's Life which ran in repertory with Ibsen's A Doll's House,BLACK [Billy Learns About Captain Kirk] & BLUE, William Shakespeare's HamletCrossing Brooklyn: a musical by Jenny Giering and Laura Harrington, The WSXR Players' Present Their June 7, 1944 Broadcast of William Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT, or What You Will and Steven Carl McCasland's world premiere play, Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland).

Theater can be for the masses if we let it. With The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, you can return to your roots and explore the boundaries of theater while continuing to serve your community. Learn more at www.beautifulsouptheatercollective.org.

Cast: Jackie Jacobi, John Johmann, John Caldara, Dominick Degaetano, Kathleen Moran, Kristen Vaphides, Patrick Whitehead, Bradley Leboeuf, Spencer Gold, Jessica Mchugh
Open:   11/04/10
Close:   11/14/10

Thurs-Sun at 7pm
Sat and Sun at 2pm
Theater:   Red Room
Address:   85 E. 4th St.
New York, NY 10003
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Subway Info: Take the F or V trains to 2nd Avenue or the 6 train to Astor Place

Cost:$18 General/$15 Student
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Rory Allan Meditz (Randy/Priest) is a graduate of Pace University and
has been a member of Beautiful Soup since its inception. Favorite
roles include Willy Loman (Death of a Salesman), Hamlet (Hamlet) and
Peter Evans (Bug).

Tracy Jennissen Gertrude

Tracy Jennissen (Stenographer / Nurse / Matron), originally from Canada, began her acting career with improv at The Second City.  Since moving to New York she has graduated fro The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and has gained recognition for her talent in various roles.  Theatre: Something Outrageous, (CXT Productions), Brooklyn Bets Alexi, (BBA Productions), Reality Sandwiches, (Kaleidoscope Films), The Woman and Top Girls (Stella Adler), Film: In Memory of Days to Come, Task Master and I Ate the Whole Thing.

Mary Gocher Francisco, Player King, Gravedigger #1

  MARY JANE GOCHER (Miss Prism) is delighted to be playing Miss Prism once again, having appeared in that role previously in a Love Creek production of Earnest.  Other theater credits include To Kill A Mockiningbird, (Mrs. Dubose), Hudson Shakespeare Company; A Period of Adjustment (Mrs. McGillicuddy) Love Creek; Personal Appearance (Mrs. Struthers) Zephyer Rep; The Revenger’s Tragedy (Gratiana), Foolish Mortals; The Trojan Women (Chorus) Foolish Mortals; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Robin Starveling, Egeus) Zephyer Rep; Arsenic and Old Lace (Aunt Martha), Chernuchin Theater; The House of Bernarda Alba (Prudencia) Wings Theater;Dracula (Swing Woman) Berkeley College; Uncommon Women (Mrs. Plum), Love Creek Productions; Butterflies Are Free (Mrs. Baker) Latin American Theatre Ensemble.  Television credits include the role of Judith Smith (principal) on Court TV’s Haunted Evidence.  Mary Jane recently directed her first show, Checkhov’s The ProposaL for Double Down Productions.  She studies with Austin Pendleton at HB Studio.  SAG-AFTRA