DePauw professor’s take on ‘Hamlet’ staged April 12-15

Monday, April 9, 2018

DePauw University Theater presents the world premiere of “Hamlet (Mostly),” written and directed by Professor Andrew Hayes, with performances Thursday, April 12 through Sunday, April 15.

Performances of “Hamlet (Mostly)” will be staged in Moore Theatre of the Green Center for the Performing Arts from Thursday, April 12 through Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, April 15 at 1 p.m.

“Hamlet (Mostly) “scrutinizes the copious interpretations “Hamlet” has collected throughout the years in an exploratory theatrical experience. In addition to the experimental nature of the production, Professor Hayes’ interpretation for this production reverses the gender of the characters in the play — meaning men play women and women play men.

Shakespeare’s original “Hamlet” tells the story of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, who seeks revenge after the murder of his father’s death at the hands of the former king’s brother, Claudius. “Hamlet” is Shakespeare’s most recognizable show, but whose story is it really?

“‘Hamlet (Mostly)’ tells the story of ‘Hamlet,’ but more significantly, it explicitly asks what it means to tell this story,” explains Dramaturg Taylor Zartman. “The resulting show is a collage of possibilities and infallibilities and the reminder that this story is not just one truth.”

“Hamlet (Mostly)” is a version of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” through the lens of Hayes and his experience with the play throughout the years.

“This is a culmination of a lifelong dream to spend five weeks with gifted and creative individuals exploring the greatest play in the English language,” Hayes said.

Horatio, Hamlet’s best friend and sole confidant, voices the journey through the story and its various interpretations; giving a voice to Hayes dedication and passion.

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