The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark Written by William Shakespeare Co-Directed by John S. Kuhn and Nick Baldasare May 22 – June 22 / Thursdays through Sundays / 8pm Schiller Park, Amphitheatre Stage Explore the human condition through the depth of sensibility not the particularities of gender This summer’s version of Hamlet is set in the late Victorian era during the suffragette movement with the role of Hamlet performed by a woman, playing it as a man. While Hamlet is the most widely produced play in Shakespeare’s repertoire, our casting of the lead invites viewers to look at the play anew. Hamlet proves that solitude, despair, doubt, revenge, and betrayal are all qualities of the human condition that transcend gender. Hamlet’s father has died and his mother quickly remarries her deceased husband’s brother, Claudius. The title of King of Denmark goes to Claudius and puts him in the role of surrogate father to Hamlet. Hamlet’s father appears as a ghost to explain that he was murdered by Claudius and commands Hamlet to take revenge. Actors’ Theatre would like to dedicate the entire run of this production to the memory of our dear friend, Carl Novak.  May he always be acting, singing, and painting! Creative Team Costume Designer: Emily Jeu Set Designer: Trent Bean Lighting Designer: Jarod Wilson Sound Designer: Bill Bragg Sound Engineer: Catherine Rinella Stage Manager: Barb Young Assistant Stage Manager: Corbin Mauro Prop Person: Liz Langford Light Board Operator: Rob Philpott Sound Board Operator: The OSU Theatre Department Sound Design Program Fight Choreographer: Jason Speicher Wardrobe Manager: Dayton Willison House Managers: Ayla Stirnaman and Ansley Stewart Cast Hamlet: Grace Bolander Claudius: John Heisel Gertrude: Janetta Davis* Polonius: John Feather Ophelia: Rachel Gaunce Laertes: John Connor Horatio: Josh Katawick Rosencrantz: John Quigley Guildenstern: Sarah Gehring Osric/Messenger: Jordan Estose Bernardo/Gravedigger/Leading Player: Andy Falter Marcellus/Lucianus: John Beeler Priest/Player Queen: Christina Yoho Ghost: Greg Hoffman *appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Grace Bolander as Hamlet. Photo by Nick Pershing.


John Feather as Polonius, Janetta Davis as Gertrude, Grace Bolander as Hamlet and Rachel Gaunce as Ophelia. Photo by Nick Pershing.


Grace Bolander as Hamlet. Photo by Nick Pershing.

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