The Psych Drama Co. Gives Hamlet a Modern, Edgy Interpretation
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It's the full Shakespearean Hamlet, so it's 3.5 hrs long with one 15 min intermission. I thought most of the supporting characters did a fantastic job - Polonius was spot-on, Horatio was excellent, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern were good comic relief. I thought the female Hamlet angle would be interesting, but it didn't really work for me. Warning, there are somewhat graphic sexual scenes including one rape scene which might be disturbing to some.
Quotes & Highlights
- Each performance of Hamlet will be coupled with a discussion led by a professional in the fields of Psychology and/or Criminal Justice.
- Watch the promo on YouTube.
The inaugural production of The Psych Drama Company will be a contemporary, psychology-driven interpretation of Hamlet, using Shakespeare's original language but playing extensively with subtext. Original music composed by Boston indie band Varsity Drag will add to the play's contemporary, edgy feel.
To live balanced, productive lives and to sustain healthy relationships, we all must balance the need to reflect with the need to act. This Hamlet production will explore this necessary dialectical tension between reflection and action within and between all of the characters in the play. The show studies how the loss of this necessary dialectic leads to a deterioration in the individual characters' psyches and in their relationships with one another, inevitably leading to the tragedy that unfolds. As subtext is explored, this production of Hamlet will also delve deeply into the multiple facets of the personalities of the characters and the complexities of competing agendas and loyalties in the relationships they have with one another.
This production features a female lesbian Hamlet. As such, the oedipal dynamics between Hamlet and Gertrude remain intact. For both the heterosexual male and the homosexual female, the original childhood love object remains the same: it is the mother. Furthermore, when Hamlet is a woman, her feelings about Gertrude and Ophelia are inextricably bound up with her own self-loathing.
The Psych Drama Company’s production takes place in the present day. It takes place in an exceedingly wealthy, emotionally disturbed family with the few social connections that surround them. They have created an isolated world based on archaic, irrelevant titles and bizarre family rituals that are, at times, quite divorced from reality. There must be a reckoning with ghost(s) from the past: "remember me." The location is anywhere, everywhere.
Reflect on Hamlet like you never have before. Reflect on yourself.
About the Ticket Supplier: The Psych Drama Company
The Psych Drama Company combines psychological insight with dramatic art to explore the timeless complexities of the human soul.
The Psych Drama Company was founded in December of 2010 by Wendy Lippe, Ph.D. As a clinical psychologist, Wendy's vision in starting this company is to integrate her professional expertise with her work as a creative artist. We aim to produce dramatic pieces that engage the large community of mental health professionals in the Boston area, as well as to stimulate and foster psychological mindedness and insight in the community at large. It is important to us that our productions target not only professionals in the field, including psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health workers, and social workers, but also members of the general public: we aim to be equally accessible to professionals and laypeople alike. Our ultimate goal is to make all of the greatest classic works of drama relevant to today's audiences by focusing on the timeless elements of human nature.