Shakespeare Carolina continues its 10th season and 3rd Shakespeare Carolina at Winthrop University Residency, with the great tragedy Hamlet. It plays Thursdays through Sundays on the Johnson Main Stage at Winthrop University from August 8 - 18, 2013. Show times are 8PM Thursday through Saturday and 3PM on Sundays. Artistic Director Chris O’Neill will be at the helm of this updated adaptation.
A ruler’s ghost cries out for revenge and a towering tragedy is set in motion. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is confronted by betrayal and murder. On the verge of giving up all hope, he’s still driven by an insatiable quest for truth. His struggle for answers ultimately spares no one, triggering a shocking chain of events. The production unfolds in a world of powerful, privileged leaders and so we see our own times through the lens of Hamlet's brilliant but anguished mind. The iconic story is also an ageless reminder of the terrible damage done to any culture by those who seek power at the expense of their humanity.
The cast features James Cartee as Hamlet, Karen Surprise as his mother Gertrude, Harold Skinner as his murdering uncle Claudius, and David Hayes as his old friend Horatio. Caryn Crye plays Hamlet’s sweetheart Ophelia with S. Wilson Lee as her interfering old father Polonius, and Charles Holmes as her brother Laertes. Zade Patterson is Hamlet’s father’s Ghost and The Player King, while Norman Burt and Ted Patterson play the Gravediggers and others, Katie Bearden handles the Player Queen and Barnardo, Manu Barbe and Amy Arpan play numerous characters including Marcellus and Fortinbras. Dennis DeJesus and David Hensley are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. With a live score from multiple MTA Award winning Composer/Performer Jill O’Neill.
Shakespeare Carolina Shakespeare Carolina is an award winning ensemble of professional theatre artists and musicians devoted to reimagining the classical canon. Since our incorporation as a non-profit organization in 1997 we have we have presented 17 works of Shakespeare, an evening of Tennessee Williams’ lesser known one act plays, Jo Clifford’s stunning Ines De Castro, Judith Malina’s translation of Brecht’s Antigone as well as the original work Illuminaria and the World Premiere of Queen Margaret, Playwright/Director Tony Wright's retelling of the War of the Roses Plays, through the eyes of Margaret of Anjou.