Monmouth’s ‘Hamlet’ hits the Waldo
Waldoboro — The Theater at Monmouth's Shakespeare in Maine Communities tour of “Hamlet” runs through Nov. 9. The Midcoast stop will be Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Waldo Theatre, Main Street/Route 220.
Seven actors take on Shakespeare’s murder/revenge tragedy of a court in crisis and a young man at a crossroads, replete with ghosts, swordplay and betrayal, in a tense and passionate 90 minutes. The story of Prince Hamlet's search for meaning and justice in a world beyond his control has fascinated audiences and actors alike for more than 400 years. Hamlet rebels against ageism and dogmatic authority while struggling to accept the loss of his father and understand his place in this world. Monmouth’s adaptation takes a cue from “Mad Men.”
“Setting the play in the ‘60s amidst the corporate hierarchy and gender politics of the time supports the adaptation’s driving focuses on the dynamics of interpersonal relationships and the tenuous power of the state,” said director Dawn McAndrews.
TAM’s “Hamlet” features Max Waszak in the title role, Grace Bauer as Gertrude, Will Harrell as Claudius and the Ghost, Katie Sasso as Ophelia, Jay Shepherd as Horatio and the Player Queen, Michael Thomas as Laertes and the Player King, and Wendy Way as Polonius. The set is by Jim Alexander and costumes by Jonna Klaiber.
TAM has provided literature-based education programs in schools and community centers since the theater's founding. Since 2005, TAM has taken the Bard on the road with Shakespeare in Maine Communities — 60- to 90-minute adaptations of Shakespeare plays performed by five to eight actors. The plays are fully designed, rehearsed and tour to schools and community centers. The target grade levels for this tour are middle and high schools; previous tours have reached more than 6,000 students.
Tickets are $10, $5 for students, available at Waltz Pharmacy in Waldoboro and Maine Coast Books in Damariscotta. Reservations can be made by calling 832-6060 and leaving a message or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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