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Blair Baker to Play HAMLET in Gender-Bending Adaptation at SheNYC Arts

Blair Baker to Play HAMLET in Gender-Bending Adaptation at SheNYC Arts

Blair Baker will play Hamlet in a gender-bending adaptation at SheNYC Arts. The new play adaptation by Tatiana Baccari and Wednesday Derrico will run at the Connelly Theater this July.

Our Hamlet comes home from college to find her father dead. Hamlet's aunt Claudia, leader of her bra-burning feminist followers, seduces Gertrude, topples the patriarchy, and steals the throne. With the help of her best friend Horatio, Hamlet embarks on a quest to prove Claudia's guilt and avenge her father's murder. Hamlet becomes unhinged as she battles the waves of pressure from her royal family against questions of her own identity. With tension between the gender-fluid millennials and Claudia's second-wave lesbians building in a country rife with internal violence, what will become of Hamlet and Denmark's new feminist ruling class?

HVMLET uses Shakespeare's original text to tell the story of two factions of feminism splintered by generational divides.

The show will star Blair Baker (Hamlet), Elizabeth A. Bell (Gertrude), Lynn Berg (Polonius), Susan Bombacie (Gravedigger), Mark Hawkins (Ophelius), Montana Lampert Hoover (Rosencrantz), Will Hutcheson (Voltemand/Player King/Messenger/Captain), Reginald Keith Jackson (Bernardo/ Fortinbras), Artrece Johnson (Marcella/Player Luciana/ Osric), Kevin Kuhlke (Ghost), Jackie Maruschak (Claudia), isabella mehiel (Horatio), Shannon Spangler (Lead Player/Cornelia/Doctor of Divinity), Rachel Whiteman (Guildenstern) and Kristin Winters (Laertes).

Both Tatiana Baccari (Adapter) and Wednesday Derrico (Editor) will direct HVMLET, with Jenn Doun as Set Designer, and Jane Chan as Lighting Designer.

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The SheNYC Summer Theater Festival is New York City's only festival devoted to producing full-length plays, musicals, and adaptations by women writers annually. Its commitment to an open submissions process allows it to discover and cultivate the best up-and-coming talent in the industry. The 2017 festival will run from July 6-16th in the East Village's Connelly Theater, and will feature eight new works. Visit for more information on the other participating shows, as well as performance dates, times, and ticket information.

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