Andersen: A Fairytale Life Details the Rise of Famous Writer
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Acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher -- writer of Casanova with Heath Ledger and The Duchess with Keira Knightley -- now presents Hamlet with ... Jeffrey Hatcher. That's right, Hatcher himself takes the stage to tell the tale of this particularly tragic Dane in Jeffrey Hatcher's Hamlet, a solo show at the Illusion Theater. Back when he was 10 years old, Hatcher adapted, directed and performed a production of Hamlet starring his fifth-grade classmates. The first show sold out, as did the second and a career was born in humble Steubenville, Ohio. Now, decades later, the successful writer ruminates on his early start on the stage. Incorporating memories of his Ohio Valley childhood, this clever and deeply-felt show celebrates theater as home, refuge and platform. Learn More
Andersen: A Fairy Tale Life is the true story of Hans Christian Andersen’s rise from abject poverty in an obscure village on the tiny island of Funen in Denmark, to become the most famous person in all of Europe during his lifetime.
As a child, Andersen’s grandmother told him tales of his noble ancestry, his peasant mother told him stories from the rich folk lore of ancient Denmark, and his educated father nurtured his love of literature and theater. With no formal training, Andersen sang and danced for any audience, and was determined to be famous in the Arts. After his father’s death, he pursued the upper class intelligentsia of his island to nurture and promote him, and with their encouragement at the age 14, set sail for the throbbing city of Copenhagen, with its narrow, winding streets and rich cultural life.
With grit and determination, and an uncanny knack for self-promotion, Andersen overcame enormous obstacles, and finally took flight as a writer. He took his place with the foremost literary greats of his day, mingling with the titans of the romantic period and proving to the world the “Little Nightingale of Funen” was deserving of the fame and fortune he received.
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