Hamlet

DirectorNora Henrie
DateSpring 2017
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directed by Nora Henrie

“AND YET, TO ME, WHAT IS THIS QUINTESSENCE OF DUST?”

ACT II SCENE II

THE PLAY’S THE THING

Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, discovers that his late father was murdered by Hamlet’s uncle, Claudius. In the two months since, Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, has married Claudius, which Hamlet sees as a horrible betrayal. The play follows this troubled prince as he grapples with the task of avenging his father’s death.

“[…]The great beauty and pain of Hamlet is in the unknown. Who these characters are, and what they leave behind, what death and life themselves mean cannt be answered by the characters, nor the audience, nor even Mr. William Shakespeare. They can only be endlessly pondered, stewed over in all that silence bequeathed to us by the Prince on his dying breath. Hamlet is not a parable of answers, but a myth about the beauty of thought and the lack of certainty. This play is charged with that vital shock of doubt. Without doubt, it is powerless.”

Nora Henrie, Director