HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK
By William Shakespeare
HAMLET, as this play is commonly called, is Olean Theatre Workshop's offering for our frequent Shakespeare in the Park summer series. It will be presented at Oak Hill Park Thursday, Aug. 8, through Saturday, Aug. 10, at 6 pm. The show is free -- it is our gift to the community for its ongoing support of our theatrical offerings. For 36 years and going strong, we have come from having touring companies and speakers to a largely locally acted, directed, and produced theatrical season. We have been very blessed to have such local talent step up and bring so much to our community.
Directed by Jake Riggs, this very familiar drama of William's dates to 1601 and is considered by many to be the best of Shakespeare's dramas. It deals with the themes of revenge, disloyalty, murder, depression, and insanity. Far too complicated to explain here, this drama is set in Denmark in the late Middle Ages. This writer's advice is to read a brief summary of the plot and come prepared to be entertained and to learn. Sometimes it is just all right to sit and understand some of the plot, as that will peak the interest to learn more. The costumes will be Viking and one will hear the famous lines of "To be or not to be," "This above all to thine own self be true," and "Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him well," among other famous and oft-recited lines.
The cast includes:
Bernardo - Ben Hollamby
Queen - Misty Richardson
Roaencrantz- Sarita Swindler
Guildenstern- Hermoine Riggs
Main Player-Bryan Irrera
English Ambassador - Tyler Irving
Musician - Angela Emley
Attendants/Players - Gabriel Williams, Jaxon Schwindler, Rebecca Green, Ashley Labombard, Steve Ahl, Michael Sparkie, Sandy Mulryan and Quinn Forrest
Please plan on attending one of the FREE performances. Many bring lawn chairs, a blanket, picnic and make a lovely evening of this Olean tradition. The Workshop will be selling water and have information regarding the upcoming season and tickets. See you at the show!