Folger Theatre Presents Hamfest: Hamlet in Voice and Verse
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Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning writer-director Aaron Posner (The Chosen) mounts an encore performance of his latest play at the always-innovative Woolly Mammoth Theatre after its runaway success last summer. Helmed by the company's artistic director Howard Shalwitz, this admittedly loose and frequently irreverent adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull follows a famous actress whose son, an aspiring theater director, wants make a name for himself on his own. But when his muse, the lovely Nina, falls for his mother's lover, all kinds of romantic and artistic disappointment ensue. Posner turns the original play's famous subtext into scenes and songs, calling Stupid F***ing Bird "a rough-and-tumble meta-theatrical mash-up." Learn More
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This was a lovely event, at which the the performers playing Hamlet and Ophelia/Ophelie in the Folger Theatre and Washington National Opera's productions of Hamlet (the latter by Ambroise Thomas), along with other staff, discussed the play and opera and performed excerpts. The discussion was interesting and at times very funny; the erudite Folger representative described Hamlet in Jane Austen-ish terms, as a play in which people love each other but are never able to say so. The Folger's young actors did an outstanding job, and it was marvelous to see opera sung--particularly the riveting mad scene--in the cozy confines of the Folger.
Shakespeare’s classic is explored in an evening of performance and discussion with the Hamlets and Ophelias from Folger Theatre’s Hamlet (actors Graham Michael Hamilton** and Lindsey Wochley) and from Washington National Opera’s concurrent production of Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet (baritone Michael Chioldi and soprano **Elizabeth Futral). The discussion is moderated by David Schalkwyk, director of research at the Folger, and Christina C. Scheppelmann, director of artistic operations at Washington National Opera.
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