Join us on the journey of Hamlet (...Unmasked).
Hamlet (...Unmasked) is a production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Staged in classic period form, this production explores the story through the eyes of the lead character by representing the other characters in mask. All of the characters except Hamlet wear commedia del arte-inspired masks, thus depicting Hamlet's perception of them. Meanwhile, Hamlet remains unmasked, so that the audience may identify closely with him.
Commedia del arte is an improvisational theatrical art form that was popular during much of the Middle Ages. Stories were told using a number of stock characters - Pantalone, the easily duped head of household; the Inamorata - the beautiful young girl; Captain Spovento - the brash, impulsive but very handsome young lover and troublemaker, etc. Performers often wore masks so that the audience could identify these characters easily.
In Hamlet Unmasked, Hamlet sees the people of his universe as stock characters or as people with easily predictable qualities. These pre-assumed qualities color Hamlet's beliefs about their motives and actions, and influence his interactions with them. The masks also de-personalize and strip away the humanity of the characters, which may help with Hamlet's possible detachment from reality.
Hamlet (...Unmasked) runs July 24, 25 and 26 at 8PM at the John De Sotelle Studio Theater in the Times Square Arts Building - 300 West 43rd Street, 3rd Floor (corner of 8th Avenue and West 43rd Street). The building has two elevators but they as slow so please plan extra time to get upstairs.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Most subway stations go to Times Square-42nd Street. Make your way to 8th Avenue and West 43rd. From Grand Central you can take the Shuttle to Times Square. Street parking is difficult, be prepared to park in a garage ($25-$40). From New Jersey you can also take New Jersey Transit buses to the Port Authority Bus Terminal and walk 2 blocks north.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Michael Cramer firstname.lastname@example.org or Hanna Edwards email@example.com
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, please do. In the event you forget your ticket the house manager will have a list of reserved tickets, but all will go more smoothly if you bring your print out.
Please keep in mind that the house is very small and expected to fill up, so limited, if any, tickets will be available at the door. It's best to reserve online.
What is the refund policy?
Due to the limited house size and overburdened staff, we cannot offer refunds on tickets.
Hanna Edwards, Michael Cramer
Dr. Michael Cramer: Dr. Cramer has a PhD in Theater from the Graduate Center at CUNY, a Master of Arts in Drama from San Francisco State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Drama from Cal State-Sacramento. A member of SAG-AFTRA, Dr. Cramer is an adjunct associate professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College and City College of New York. He is the author of Medieval Fantasy as Performance (Scarecrow Books) and A Confederacy of Whores (Vox Pop Books).
Hanna Edwards: An actress with several TV, Film and New York City theater credits, Ms. Edwards served on the board of Dancewave, a nonprofit youth dance center in Brooklyn from 2008-2013. She is a long time volunteer for the Tribeca Film Festival. She currently holds a New York State real estate broker's license and works as a property manager and real estate agent at M. Woods & Associates LTD, a full service brokerage and property management firm in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.