HAMLET. A VERSION by Boris Akunin
This world premiere by the celebrated Georgian-born writer and dissident of Putin's Russia, internationally famous for the cycle of fictional detective novels THE ADVENTURES OF ERAST FANDORIN, re-engineers Shakespeare's classic tragedy in an ingeniously innovative vein.
Set in a crumbling hierarchical empire, Hamlet. A Version shifts the usual focus from the iconic philosophical title character to the intrigue, opportunism, and political scheming of a burgeoning police state. This starkly realized new world order, insidiously ushered in by murderous and destabilizing tactics, provides a whole new meaning to the phrase "something is rotten in the state of Denmark."
From a curiously flat-footed Hamlet and a self-aggrandizing Polonius the First, to the questionable death of the old king and a torrid affair between Gertrude and Claudius, Boris Akunin's HAMLET. A VERSION provides a radically prescient perspective on a contemporary political issue: how to eradicate the old to make way for the new. And who gets caught in the crossfire?
Starring Claire Brownell*, Joy Hermalyn*, Matt Weiss*, Khris Lewin*, Alan I. Ross*, Michael Sweeney Hammond*, Owen Scott*, Michael Propster* and James Phillip Gates.
*appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
Direction, Production Design & Concept by IRINA GACHECHILADZE
Compositions by GIYA KANCHELI
Translation: Ileana Alexandra Orlich, Lighting: Isabella Byrd, Projection Design: Michael Ivanishvili, Sound and Projections: Sam Kusnetz, Costume Design: Heather Klar, Set: Cate McCrea, General Manager: Adam Knight, Production Manager: Laura Sheedy, Production Stage Manager: Stephanie Hollander
Produced by Red Lab in association with Roust Theatre Company and executive producer Mark Mullen.
This production will run 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES with NO INTERMISSION.
PREVIEWS April 21-24
OPENING NIGHT April 25
Theatre at St. Clements (View)
423 West 46th Street
New York City, NY 10036
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|