By William Shakespeare
Directed by Gil Gonzalez, Professor of Theatre & Communication Arts
Scenic and Lighting Design by Brian Alan Reed
Costume Design by Monica French
March 8-10, 2018 (Thursday-Saturday) - 7:30 p.m.
March 11, 2018 (Sunday) - 2:00 p.m.
Seniors & Students: $10.00
Often dubbed the
“Greatest Play Ever Written” and written by the most
produced playwright each year, William Shakespeare, the
titular Hamlet, The Prince of Denmark, returns home for
his father’s funeral only to find his mother, Queen
Gertrude, has remarried his father’s brother (and
Hamlet’s uncle), the newly minted King Claudius. A
saddened Hamlet must now solve the mystery surrounding
his father’s death, while questioning his own actions,
behaviors and relationships.
Events before the start of Hamlet set the stage for
tragedy. When the king of Denmark, Prince Hamlet's
father, suddenly dies, Hamlet's mother, Gertrude,
marries his uncle Claudius, who becomes the new king.
A spirit who claims to be the ghost of Hamlet's father
describes his murder at the hands of Claudius and
demands that Hamlet avenge the killing. When the
councilor Polonius learns from his daughter, Ophelia,
that Hamlet has visited her in an apparently distracted
state, Polonius attributes the prince's condition to
lovesickness, and he sets a trap for Hamlet using
Ophelia as bait.
To confirm Claudius's guilt, Hamlet arranges for a play
that mimics the murder; Claudius’s reaction is that of a
guilty man. Hamlet, now free to act, mistakenly kills
Polonius, thinking he is Claudius. Claudius sends Hamlet
away as part of a deadly plot.
After Polonius's death, Ophelia goes mad and later
drowns. Hamlet, who has returned safely to confront the
king, agrees to a fencing match with Ophelia’s brother,
Laertes, who secretly poisons his own rapier. At the
match, Claudius prepares poisoned wine for Hamlet, which
Gertrude unknowingly drinks; as she dies, she accuses
Claudius, whom Hamlet kills. Then first Laertes and then
Hamlet die, both victims of Laertes's rapier.