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Chopin Theatre Mainstage
1543 W. Division Ave. Chicago, IL 60642
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Quotes & Highlights

“Signal Ensemble Theatre plays it straight with a masterful production—faithful to text and tone—marked by a bravura performance by Christopher Prentice in the title role…Ambitious and passionate, this is a Hamlet for purists…you won’t want to miss it.” —Daily Herald
“Director Ronan Marra finds honest humor in many of Shakespeare’s darkest, most disturbing corners…And Signal Ensemble Theatre’s self-described straightforward production is blessedly free of conceptual clutter.” —Chicago Reader
“This production is the work of the Signal Ensemble, a company quickly forging a reputation for elevating everything it touches.” —Windy City Times


Following the death of his father, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his uncle now occupies the throne and the queen’s bed. Spurred by the ghost of his father and surrounded by spies, Hamlet must avenge his father’s murder. An incisive portrait of a thinking man forced to act under chilling circumstances, Shakespeare’s greatest revenge tragedy is perhaps the most widely read play in Western literature.

Directed by ensemble member Ronan Marra.

Featuring ensemble members Vincent L. Lonergan, Christopher Prentice, Aaron Snook, Joseph Stearns and Philip Winston with Daniel Behrendt, Don Bender, Tim Garvey, Ronald Kuzava, Eric Leonard, Erin Myers, Michael Pacas, Matt Pearsall, Simone Roos, Meredith Siemsen and Bries Vannon.

About the Director:

Ronan Marra is a co-founder and general artistic director of Signal Ensemble Theatre. Directing credits with the company include Seascape (1 Jeff Citation), Waiting for Godot (Jeff Recommended), his own Landslide (2 Jeff Citation nominations including New Work), She Stoops to Conquer, Much Ado About Nothing and his own Learning to Fly. He has also directed for Sanscullottes, The Gallery Players (NYC) and several productions at his alma mater, Kent State University. As a playwright, Ronan’s plays have been produced or workshopped in Chicago, NYC, L.A. and Cleveland, and he has received awards for New Work at ITN Theatre and Neverland Productions in NYC. Ronan is a recipient of the 2006 Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award in Scriptworks.

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