Are you a teacher? Ask us about private showings for school groups of Hamlet, An Ideal Husband, or Women Playing Hamlet!
An Ideal Husband
Adapted by Daniel Morris
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Gamut Classic Theatre
“If we men married the women we deserved, we should have a very bad time of it.” – Oscar Wilde
In this gender-bending adaptation of an Oscar Wilde Classic, only four actors play all of the characters! Mixing quick wit with quick changes, this is a story about what people will do to get to the top of the Social and Professional ladder. In An Ideal Husband, Robert Chiltern, an ethical and respected government official, must suddenly confront a scandal from his past –one which launched his career and made him a rich and powerful man. Faced with blackmail over this incident, he now must decide whether or not to reveal the truth to the public, and also to his wife. This classic may have been written over 100 years ago, but its themes of governmental corruption and insider trading resonate perhaps more today than when Oscar Wilde wrote the play.
$27 General Admission
Fridays: BOGO (Buy one ticket, get one FREE!)
Saturdays: One ticket is free with purchase of a regular-priced admission and donation of a bottle of wine for HSC’s annual Shakespeare’s Birthday celebration.
Sundays: BYOP (Bring Your Own Price, where any size donation buys your admission)
*Students must present valid Student ID. The Senior Citizen discount is for patrons ages 65 and older.
An Educational Outreach Production
February 27-March 8
“What a piece of work is a man…” Gamut Theatre, the combined theatre of Harrisburg Shakespeare Company and Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre, presents its highly acclaimed educational outreach production of Hamlet. One of the most powerful and influential tragedies in the English language, Hamlet contemplates the age-old question: “To be, or not to be?” The play also explores the difference between what an individual seems to be versus what he or she really is.
Recommended for ages 12 and up, the production is extremely accessible, employing Gamut’s unique educational outreach style of combining Shakespeare’s original text with modern “narrations” to bridge the most famous scenes from the play together into an easy-to-understand story. This dynamic show is performed by five highly –talented actors, runs 80 minutes, and each performance is followed by a talk-back discussion with the audience.
Women Playing Hamlet
by William Missouri Downs
Four women play twenty roles (including all the male roles) in this comedy about Jessica, an actress from Minnesota who has been cast to play Hamlet in New York. After accidentally interrupting a production of Hamlet starring Patrick Stewart, not only does Jessica think Mr. Stewart is stalking her, but she also faces an uphill battle through a maze of self-important humanities professors, Freudian psychiatrists and a Minnesota mother, only to discover the she doesn’t understand Hamlet or herself. The search for identity is the theme as Jessica takes on her emotional baggage and existential overload, as well as her self-doubt and disdain for Danish fondue. There is no need for the audience to have seen or even understand Hamlet in order to follow Jessica’s comic search to find her unique self in this fast moving pageant full of bad advice. Women Playing Hamlet is a comedy about the tragedy of modern life.
22nd Annual Free Shakespeare in the Park
Troilus and Cressida
by William Shakespeare
“…the end crowns all,
And that old common arbitrator, Time,
Will one day end it.” -Act IV, scene 5
Seven years into the Trojan War which has reached a stale-mate and both sides, Trojans and Greeks alike, are questioning the value of continuing the conflict. Troilus and Cressida centers around Troilus, the young son of the Trojan House of Priam, and his love for Cressida, when political maneuvering interferes with their blossoming romance. Cressida then chooses to make alliances which stand to compromise her virtue. As she puts it, “I show more craft than love”. A dark view of love and war, this play turns cliched conventions of honor, whether in the bedroom or on the battlefield, upside down. Simultaneously comic, tragic and satiric, Shakespeare offers a chilling twist on the classical mythic heroes of antiquity.
April 1 & 3: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Out of Town Actors: April 4: 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Callbacks: April 4: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.