STUDENT DISCOVERY UNDERWRITERS
SEP 19–OCT 21
Hamlet returns to the Bruns Amphitheater for the first time in more than a decade, bringing with it the ultimate in treachery, madness, and murder. Liesl Tommy (director of 2010’s critically acclaimed Ruined at Berkeley Rep) brings modern urgency to her telling of Shakespeare’s brilliant play, finding new, visceral revelations stashed in every corner—making it as timely to the 21st century as it is unquestionably timeless.
Running time: Just over three hours, including one 15-minute intermission
INFORMATION FOR PARENTS: Hamlet contains mature subject matter. Click on the INFORMATION FOR PARENTS tab below for more details.
Liesl Tommy - Director
Clint Ramos - Set & Costume Designer
Peter West - Lighting Designer
Jake Rodriguez - Sound Designer
Philippa Kelly - Resident Dramaturg
Nancy Carlin* - Vocal/Text Coach
Dave Maier - Fight Director
Laxmi Kumaran* - Stage Manager
Jannette Coté* - Assistant Stage Manager
James Nelson - Assistant Director
Krista Smith - Assistant Lighting Designer
Whitney Krause - Production Assistant
Julie Eccles* - Gertrude
Nick Gabriel* - Horatio
Dan Hiatt* - Polonius, Gravedigger
Zainab Jah* - Ophelia
Jessica Kitchens* - Rosencrantz, Ensemble
LeRoy McClain* - Hamlet
Nicholas Pelczar* - Laertes, Lucianus
Brian Rivera* - Guildenstern, Bernardo, Ensemble
Adrian Roberts* - Claudius, Ghost
Danny Scheie* - Osric, Player King, Ensemble
Mia Tagano* - Player Queen, Doctor, Ensemble
Joseph Salazar - Marcellus, Ensemble
Ellen & Joffa Dale
Michael & Virginia Ross
Erin Jaeb & Kevin Kelly
Joe Di Prisco & Patti James
Margaret & Craig Isaacs
Janet & Norman Pease
Debbie Sedberry & Jeffrey Klingman
Kathy & George Wolf
*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association.
“A bold, inventive Hamlet…it deserves to be widely seen and savored.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Actor LeRoy McClain is the vital, eloquent center of Liesl Tommy's gripping new production.”
“A production that truly blows the dust off a classic and makes it new and wonderful.
You should go.” —Examiner.com
Notes from the first rehearsal day Meet & Greet and table reading, and photos from the Meet & Greet... read more
Last week some of Hamlet’s cast members gathered in the Cal Shakes’ green room, in anticipation of our publicity photo shoot Kevin Berne. Zainab Jah, playing Ophelia, inquired as to costumes for the shoot, since the performance versions are still in various stages of design and production.... read more
We believe that every child is different and that parents are best suited to make decisions about the appropriateness of any production for their children. We provide this information to help parents in their decision-making.
This is a mature, passionate, frequently violent play. It's a tragedy about difficult family relations, betrayal, love, and mental illness. The intensity of the actions are key to the story. Most of the major characters end up dead at the end of the play, and our production emphasizes the haunting act of remembering those who have passed. Our version is set in a realistic modern day, but using an abridged version of the standard original text.
There is no nudity in our production. The deaths occur using swords, and on one occasion a poison drink. Stage blood is used only to represent a wound realistically. We are not drawing the deaths out or exaggerating them, and there is no gratuitous gore. The ghost may be scary for younger children.
Click here to read an extensive synopsis of our production of Hamlet.