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John Skelley to Star in HAMLET and ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at the Guthrie; Cast Announced!

The Guthrie Theater and The Acting Company (TAC) reunite for a sixth year, presenting Hamlet, Shakespeare's story of a Danish prince's search for vengeance, justice and truth, in repertory with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, a reworking of the same tragedy from the point of view of two minor characters and their static existence in a world beyond their comprehension. This two-week engagement April 22 - May 4, on the McGuire Proscenium Stage, will conclude a successful seven-month 42-city tour, during which time these productions played to thousands of adults and students in large and small markets around the United States. Both Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead will showcase the talents of graduates of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program, as well as alumni of A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training.

Single tickets for both productions start at $20 and are now on sale through the Guthrie Box Office at 612.377.2224, toll-free 877.44.STAGE, 612.225.6244 (Group Sales) and online at www.guthrietheater.org.

One of Shakespeare's most popular plays and often quoted in popular culture, Hamlet is the tale of Denmark's "sweet prince" who seeks to avenge his father's murder by bringing the new king, Claudius - his uncle and his mother's new husband - to justice. Hamlet vividly portrays the power of overwhelming grief and rage while exploring themes of treachery, revenge, and moral corruption.

A Tony Award-winning tragicomedy by Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is inspired by Shakespeare's Hamlet and centers on the misadventures and musings of two minor characters who are childhood friends of the Prince. The play is structured as the inverse of Hamlet; the title characters are the leads, not supporting players, and Hamlet himself has only a small part. Focusing on free will vs. determinism, the search for value and the impossibility of certainty, the play has a love for cleverness and language, treating it as a confounding system fraught with ambiguity to engage and delight the audience.

Playing the role of Hamlet in both productions is Minnesota native and 2007 University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program graduate John Skelley. A regular on the Guthrie stage, Skelley was last seen by audiences in 2013's powerful production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, in the role of Edmund Tyrone.

The cast of Hamlet also includes Darien Battle (Player King/Fortinbras/Priest), Ernest Bentley (Horatio), Jacqueline Correa (Gertrude), Ian Gould (Bernardo/Guildenstern/First Gravedigger), Robert David Grant (Laertes/Ghost), Angela Janas (Ophelia), Joshua Johnston (Francisco/Player/Osric), Suzy Kohane (Player Queen/Female Attendant), Patrick Lane (Claudius), Andy Nogasky (Polonius) and Grant Fletcher Prewitt (Marcellus/Rosencrantz/Gravedigger).

In addition to John Skelley playing Hamlet, the cast of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead includes Darien Battle (The Player), Ernest Bentley (Horatio/Tragedian), Jacqueline Correa (Gertrude/Pirate), Ian Gould (Guildenstern), Robert David Grant (Tragedian/Guard), Angela Janas (Ophelia/Pirate), Joshua Johnston (Alfred/Captain), Suzy Kohane (Tragedian/English Ambassador), Patrick Lane (Claudius/Pirate), Andy Nogasky (Polonius/Pirate) and Grant Fletcher Prewitt (Rosencrantz).


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