Zoom Reading of Hamlet This Saturday

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Elmwood’s Public Domain Players will read William Shakespeare’s (and Western literature’s) most famous work this Saturday, July 29, 2023 at 3:00 p.m. by Zoom. Anyone can attend for free.

This famous play is being shortened by using much (but not all) of the text from the First Quarto of Hamlet, first published in 1603, rather than a combination of the Second Quarto and the First Folio, published in 1623, which is the version that is conventionally used (and is four hours long, if uncut). The First Quarto, as well as shortening the text, also introduces new connections between the characters, such as Gertrude and Hamlet working together against Claudius. So even if you think you know Hamlet, tune in for this version that will help you see the play through a new lens.

The cast is:
Hamlet – John Carlos Lefkowitz
Ophelia/Guildenstern – Elinor Greenway
Gertrude – Rachel Alt
Claudius – Michael Patrick Sullivan
Polonius – Ralph Bowers
Laertes/Rosencrantz – Sean Coffey
Horatio – T.B.A.
Ensemble – Derek Tarson, Phil Garfinkel

If interested in viewing the live reading on Zoom, please email readings@elmwoodplayhouse.com for the Zoom link.

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