REV Theatre Company presents immersive production of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ at the Scranton Cultural Center
From a press release:
The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple and REV Theatre Company are proud to present Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy, “Hamlet.” This production is part of an innovative educational initiative that will bring live Shakespeare performances to middle and high school students throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania as well as to general audiences in the area.
“Being able to collaborate with Rosey Hay, co-artistic director of REV, on this production means working with someone who has international experience with Shakespeare theatre. Shopland Hall mirrors Blackfriars Theatre of London, the theatre Shakespeare himself would use in the winter months when it was too cold to perform outdoors. It is a perfect backdrop for this intimate production of Hamlet, and we couldn’t ask for a better partnership to go with it,” exclaims Dawn McGurl, programming director of the Scranton Cultural Center.
This intimate production of “Hamlet” is set in a turn-of-the-century society, just before World War I, on the verge of impending war, revolution, and chaos. This two-hour version of the play will be tightly focused on the familial story of love, loss, betrayal, and revenge within a world of corruption and political intrigue. The SCC’s Shopland Hall is ideally suited for this production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy – its scale will allow audiences to be completely immersed in the action, giving the production extraordinary immediacy, intensity, and excitement.
The cast is a comprised of professionals from New York City, Philadelphia, and Scranton. Rudy Caporaso, New York City-based actor and co-artistic director of REV Theatre Company, will play the title role. He has been seen most recently in Scranton as Puck in REV’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and as Dromio in “The Comedy of Errors” in Nay Aug Park. Caporaso has Scranton roots – his father is from Olyphant and his mother was born and raised in Throop, the daughter of a coal miner.
Also featured in the production are Susanne Sulby (Gertrude) and Joseph Daniels (Claudius and The Ghost), two Philadelphia-based actors. Rosey Hay, co-artistic director of REV Theatre Company, will serve as director. This production is made possible by the support of The Willary Foundation.
Show times are Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Shopland Hall on the fourth floor of the Scranton Cultural Center (420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton). Doors will open one half hour prior to curtain.
Tickets are $16 and can be purchased at the Fidelity Box Office at the SCC in person, by calling 570-344–1111, or via all applicable Ticketmaster outlets. Students will receive a discounted ticket price of $10 with ID. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit sccmt.org.