September 7-30, 2018
Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre
Photos by Anthony Harden of Alt Media Pros
Produced by Montford Park Players as part of their 2018 season, Melon Wedick’s original reinterpretation of Hamlet is a pared-down, action-driven retelling of William Shakespeare’s masterpiece.
Intercut and overlapping scenes appeal to a fast-paced, modern sensibility, while shared soliloquies emphasize the parallels in the lives of Hamlet, Ophelia, Laretes — and Aeneas, the ancient Trojan hero. Inserted sections of Virgil’s Aeneid frame Hamlet’s perspective on the play’s tumultuous events, while a traveling corps of players dip in and out of the action, alternating between taking on roles and playing puppet-masters with the Danish court.
This is Hamlet like you’ve never seen it: swift, decisive, and inexorably tragic.
Player 1 – Jane Hallstrom
Player 2 / Horatio – Molly Graves
Player 3 / Rosencrantz – Charlie Wilson
Player 4 / Guildenstern – Will Storrs
Player 5 / Servant – Ava Atwood
Player 6 / Polonius – John Preston Mendenhall
Player 7 / Priest / Bernardo – Sonia Rose D’Andrea
Player 8 / Marcellus – Bill Parks
Player 9 / Lucianus – Savannah Stone
Player 0 / Ophelia – Jamie Knox
Laertes – Ryan Martin
Claudius – Travis Lowe
Gertrude – Julianne Arnall
Hamlet – Jon Stockdale
Ensemble: Ava Atwood, Bill Parks, Christel Schober-Colburn, Denise Lockett, Elisabeth Pitrolo, Emily Sansbury, Kevin Norris, Ruby Schober-Colburn, Savannah Stone
Directed by Melon Wedick; Set Design by Melon Wedick & Laura Lowe; Lighting Design by Abby Aumann, Costume Design by Amanda Shive & Victoria Smith; Fight Choreography by Deanna Braine; Stage Management by Amanda Shive; Technical Direction by Laura Lowe.