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"Hamlet"
11 ratings
3.9 average rating
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27 reviews
5 stars
attended Dec 01 2011

The new 'take' on Hamlet really 'worked'. The lead was fantastic as she 'breathed in' a whole new perspective to Shakespeare's hero(ine). Her sheer physicality, above and beyond her extraordinary acting and perspective, was truly an experience...continued

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28 reviews
5 stars
attended Dec 14 2011

Extremely interesting and well-acted take on Hamlet. Much better than I had hoped and the after show discussion was really great. It's wonderful to see something so familiar done in a fresh way that adds to rather than detracts from the...continued

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Jen
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17 reviews
3 stars
attended Dec 04 2011

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...continued

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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.

Description

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.

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