The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple partnered with REV Theatre Company to create “Living Shakespeare” in the SCC’s Shopland Hall, the first production in the planned series being “Hamlet” on Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31.
Directed by Rosey Hay, the production featured actors from New York City, Philadelphia, and Scranton, with New York City-based actor and co-artistic director of REV Rudy Caporaso in the title role. Caporaso was most recently seen in Scranton as Puck in REV’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and as Dromio in “The Comedy of Errors” in Nay Aug Park. His father is from Olyphant, and his mother was born and raised in Throop, according to a press release, so his local ties remain strong.
The interactive production spilled from the stage and into an audience made up of the general public and middle and high school students invited to learn more about the work of William Shakespeare. The goal is to turn the ‘Living Shakespeare” program into an annual winter event at the SCC.
NEPA Scene photographer Robb Malloy was there on Jan. 30 to capture every dramatic and ultimately tragic moment of the show.
by Rich Howells
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