created and performed by Theater Reconstruction Ensemble

after William Shakespeare

conceived and directed by John Kurzynowski

Performers: Nathaniel Basch-Gould, Sam Corbin, Joshua William Gelb, Emily Marro

Performance Writers: John Kurzynowski and Jon Riddleberger

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


Four "audience members" are unwittingly tasked with staging Hamlet. But can they withstand the historical weight of the most well known play in the English language? As they confront their own artistic anxieties they unexpectedly conjure up the ghosts of Hamlets past, dragging themselves deeper down the rabbit hole of theatrical history. Shakespeare's words swirl around them, but are never quite within their grasp. Ultimately, their struggle gives way to a meta-theatrical meditation on the Bard's most famous work.

photos by Suzi Sadler / video by ZANNI Productions


‘How to Hamlet, Or Hamleting Hamlet’ is another strange and clever creation from Theater Reconstruction Ensemble. One of TRE’s greatest distinctions as a New York company (in my opinion) is that they are always playing onstage. No one takes themselves too seriously; no one is concerned with looking pretty. TRE’s production offers a refreshingly original take on Hamlet, truly playing with the text and themes, rather than maintaining any sort of reverential attitude towards it. Don’t mistake this levity for lack of integrity, though. True to their name, TRE interrogates the theatrical form itself with their work.
— Culturebot
Performed with everything from gleeful buffoonery to seriously Elizabethan emoting to sheer panic, Theater Reconstruction Ensemble’s ‘How to Hamlet, or Hamleting Hamlet’ is an intense, 70-minute whirlwind that lampoons, lionizes, psychoanalyzes and rationalizes the countless thespians and academics who’ve put their stamp, for better or worse, on the circa 1600 tale of a melancholy Dane undone by poisonous acts. Just as that title character is willing to throw the kitchen sink at his vow to avenge dear old dead dad, TRE pulls out all the stops while staying mission-focused on its quest to make sense of things.
— The Villager
★★★★ ... The actors as civilians are funny, clumsy, and dysfunctional; and when possessed by the spirit of the play Hamlet, the results are haunting and beautiful. ‘How to Hamlet’ redefines what it means to be Hamlet, to play Hamlet, or to stage Hamlet. With the removal of the Danish prince from Hamlet, this show asks its audience to dwell upon nuances, themes, and anything else that makes up Hamlet that may often be overshadowed by the man himself.
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