VIDEO: An interview with 3 actresses playing Ophelia in 3 very different local interpretations of ‘Hamlet’
“‘Tis in my memory lock’d, And you yourself shall keep the key of it.”
The New Vintage Ensemble, Little Theatre of Wilkes Barre, and Gaslight Theatre Company are presenting three very different portrayals of the character Ophelia, the tragic young noblewoman in William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” throughout the month of January.
Local filmmaker Lindsay Barrasse of Voyager Video sat down with Mollie Dooley, who plays Ophelia in “Hamlet” presented by the New Vintage Ensemble, Deirdre Lynch, who plays her in another adaptation of “Hamlet” by Little Theatre of Wilkes Barre, and Jessica McDonough, who takes on the title role in “Drowning Ophelia” by Gaslight Theatre Company, and filmed their interview about all three shows with New Vintage Ensemble actor Conor O’Brien at the AfA Gallery in downtown Scranton. Each had their own unique insight into who Ophelia is and why her character has stood the test of time.
New Vintage Ensemble’s “Hamlet” runs Friday, Jan. 15 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Shopland Hall at the Scranton Cultural Center (420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton). For more information, see the Facebook event page.
“Hamlet” at the Little Theatre of Wilkes Barre (537 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre) runs Jan. 22-31, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. For more information, see the Facebook event page.
Gaslight Theatre Company’s “Drowning Ophelia” runs Jan. 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. at the Theatre at Lackawanna College (501 Vine St., Scranton). For more information, see the Facebook event page.
To learn more about the New Vintage Ensemble’s production of “Hamlet,” listen to Episode 45 of the NEPA Scene Podcast.