If you think you know Shakespeare, just ask the actors at Theatre B and you will probably end up with a much different idea than you originally thought. It’s one thing to read his various works from Hamlet to Tempest and everywhere in between, but nothing compares to the heart that lives in a Shakespeare play.
“Most people first come into contact with Shakespeare in high school English classes taught as literature,” said Tucker Lucas who plays the role of Hamlet in Theatre B’s production. “I think that ends up turning a lot of people off from Shakespeare. Plays like Hamlet, R&J, Much Ado, Tempest, etc, are meant to be seen and heard. People should come see this show to find out what it’s like when Shakespeare comes alive off the page.”
Tucker’s experience in a Shakespeare production ranges from the roles of Porter in Macbeth, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet and Don John in Much Ado.
When a king dies, his eldest son should ascend to the throne. “The king is dead; long live the king!” But that’s not what happens in Denmark. Shakespeare’s classic tale of ambition and deception is told with the smart, contemporary flair of Theatre B. A symbolic and timeless environment of the play emphasizes the universal message of Hamlet: to meet one’s fate means to enjoy the rewards but also suffer the consequences of our actions.
The cast will take you on a ride with their Shakespearian dialogue and drama. Adapting the play to Theatre B’s style while still maintaining authenticity, the performance will be paired down and run shorter than the traditional length. Don’t worry though, there will be sword fights and plenty of tragedy.
“Shakespeare is considered the greatest writer in the English language and Hamlet is considered his greatest play,” said Doug Hamilton frankly. As the current host of Main Street for Prairie Public’s statewide radio network, Hamilton’s roots in acting come from his time studying at Minnesota Sate University Moorhead, with a college career including more than 30 roles from farce to tragedy.
In addition to playing the role of King Claudius in Hamlet, his past experience with Shakespeare productions include; Theseus and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, member of the ensemble in The Merchant of Venice, King Leontes in “The Winter’s Tale, Duke of Milan and Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Launce.
A special pay-what-you-will pricing is available ONLY during opening weekend, Sept. 27, and 28, 2019. Choose a price between $5 and $50 – it’s up to you! Bring a friend, or donate a little extra. To purchase your tickets visit app.arts-people.com.