Hamlet, one of Williams Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies, gives us a glimpse of what happens when a sacred mission from “the undiscovered country,” falls upon the shoulders of a young person with an existential crisis. Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark has returned home to Elsinore after the death of his father, only to discover that his mother has remarried his father’s brother, Claudius. Reeling from this confusing mish-mash of family roles, Hamlet encounters the ghost of his father. The ghost reveals that he was murdered by Claudius, and asks Hamlet to avenge his death. Hamlet swears to kill Claudius, but in the light of day he worries that the ghost may not have really been his father, but a trap sent by the devil. In order to better observe Claudius and assess whether the ghosts claims are true, Hamlet decides to feign madness: It’s a fool-proof plan.
Directed by Sarah Zapiain, the story we all know and love, is now being told through the eyes of Voice Found Repertory. Set in the here and now, we present this classic tale about people and their problems. Sons and their fathers, sister and brothers, mothers, friends, millennials, academics, lovers, fighters, artists and dreamers: this play is about us. Allow us to take Hamlet off its lofty pedestal and blow away the dust. More than ever, we could all use a reminder of how precious and fragile the frayed edges of an already unstable mind can be.
The Arcade Theatre (at the Underground Collaborative)
161 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee WI, 53203
October 11- 22, 2017
120 minutes (with a 15 minute intermission)
Parking: Free street parking after 6:00pm
Surface lots between Michigan & Clyborne/2nd & Plankinton
The Grand Avenue Mall garage on Plankinton Ave (between Michigan St and Wisconsin Ave)
Marketing Director/Sound Design
JAKE RUSSELL THOMPSON