created and performed by Theater Reconstruction Ensemble
written by John Kurzynowski and Jon Riddleberger
after William Shakespeare
conceived and directed by John Kurzynowski
Performers: Nathaniel Basch-Gould, Sam Corbin, Joshua William Gelb, Emily Marro
Producing Director: Reed Whitney
Associate Director: Lauren Swan-Potras | Sound Design: Kate Marvin and Alex Hawthorn | Production Design: Marika Kent | Production Manager: Markus Paminger | Stage Manager: Julia Levine | Sound-Op: Frank Pagliaro
In How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet four actors are tasked with staging - you guessed it - Hamlet.
But will they shed new light on the most well known story in the English language? Can they escape the historical weight such a canonical play carries? Are they prepared to take on such a monumental challenge? As they confront their own artistic and academic anxieties their conversation transforms into a sort of séance, giving way to an unexpected conjuring of the ghosts of Hamlets past. Haunted by the stock characters of Shakespeare's classic - ghosts, scholars, kings, and grave-digging clowns - the actors are dragged deeper down the rabbit hole of theatrical history. Shakespeare's words swirl around them, but are never quite within their grasp.
Ultimately, their struggle to insert a piece of themselves into Shakespeare's masterpiece becomes the story of How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet, a non-linear experimental and meta-theatrical meditation on the Bard's most famous work.
This production is a part of SubletSeries@HERE: a curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.
How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet received a work-in-progress showing at the New Ohio Theatre as part of the Producers Club 2016.
Special thanks to Jaclyn Backhaus, Adrianna Brannon, Matthew Capodicasa, Matt Carr, Mike Iveson, Benjamin Katz, Nick Lehane, Nicolas Norena, Anastasia Olowin, and Merlin Whitehawk for their artistic contributions to the development of this play.
Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.