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
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 meta-theatrical meditation on the Bard's most famous work.
photos by Suzi Sadler / video by ZANNI Productions