Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET

Artistic Director Sean Hagerty presents the inaugural season of Shakespeare@, launching with a production of HAMLET, with performances beginning Thursday, March 28th. Opening is set for Sunday, March 31st at The Theater at Grace Church Van Vorst (39 Erie Street, Jersey City - a five-minute walk from the Path Train). Directed by Sean Hagerty, HAMLET is set against the stunning architecture of Grace Church Van Vorst, offering a suspenseful reverence, aided by the masterful storytelling of a cast of veteran and rising stars of stage, television and film. Tickets, priced at $25, are available at shakespeare-at.org.

The Shakespeare@ production of HAMLET stars Jonathan Forbes (Amazon's Catastrophe, iTV's Fearless, Dublin Murders) in the title role, Eden Brolin (Freeform's Beyond, Lifetime's Manson's Lost Girls, Arkansas opposite Vince Vaughn and John Malkovich) as Ophelia, Andrew Sellon (Gotham) as Polonius, Aria Shahghasemi (CW's Legacies) as Laertes and Mark Torres (Amadeus, NBC's Manifest) as Claudius. Rounding out the cast are Thia Stephan, Francis Mateo, Fernando Hernández, André Revels, Tenzin Yeshi, Mark Jonathan Quiles, Alice Marks, Wesli Spencer, and Robert Steven Anderson.

Inspired by Sean Hagerty's theatre-going experiences in the UK during his artistic training, Shakespeare@ will deliver accessible interpretations of classic works, focusing on diverse dramas with sprawling casts in a new, intimate location for each production. Celebrating Jersey City's distinction as the most diverse city in America, Hagerty intends for all Shakespeare@ audiences "to be able to recognize themselves, their neighborhoods" on the stage, in addition showcasing the beautiful spaces the city has to offer its community.

"Jersey City is a perfect place to offer Shakespeare," says Hagerty. "There's nothing like it here right now. In the past 10 years, there has been so much great change. It's an exciting time to be here." Hagerty believes that the community and artists alike can grow in empathy and humanity by exposure to other ideas and cultures.

One of the world's most powerful, frequently interpreted, and oft-quoted dramas, HAMLET illuminates the title character's internal conflict as he navigates life after his father's murder by his uncle, who has usurped the throne. Consumed by visions of his deceased father, HAMLET is driven to madness in his quest for vengeance. Replete with ill-fated romance, bloody battles, and breathtaking soliloquies, it is no surprise that HAMLET remains at the forefront of the theatrical canon over 400 years later.

Original music for HAMLET is composed by Joan Melton. Lighting design is by Sarah Johnston, with costumes by Anne-Marie Wright and sound design by Donghyuk Chang. Brad Lemons serves as Fight Director, with Joan Melton as Voice & Speech Coach and casting by Robin Carus. Sydney Steele is the associate producer.

Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Jonathan Forbes, Sean Hagerty (Director) and Eden Brolin

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Andrew Sellon, Jonathan Forbes, Eden Brolin and Mark Torres

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Aria Shahghasemi, Thia Stephan, Andrew Sellon, Jonathan Forbes and Eden Brolin

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Mark Torres, Sean Hagerty and Thia Stephan

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Tenzin Yeshi, Alice Marks and Wesli Spencer

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Tenzin Yeshi, Jonathan Forbes, Alice Marks, Eden Brolin and Wesli Spencer

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Jonathan Forbes, Aria Shahghasemi, Eden Brolin and Andrew Sellon

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Jonathan Forbes, Aria Shahghasemi, Sean Hagerty, Eden Brolin and Andrew Sellon

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Wesli Spencer, Jonathan Forbes, Alice Marks, Tenzin Yeshi, Thia Stephan, Mark Torres, Andrew Sellon, Aria Shahghasemi and Eden Brolin

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Artistic Director of Shakespeare@ joins with the cast-Wesli Spencer, Jonathan Forbes, Alice Marks, Tenzin Yeshi, Thia Stephan, Mark Torres, Andrew Sellon, Aria Shahghasemi and Eden Brolin

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Tenzin Yeshi and Alice Marks

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Thia Stephan, Sean Hagerty and Mark Torres

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Sean Hagerty, Thia Stephan, Aria Shahghasemi, Jonathan Forbes and Mark Torres

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Sean Hagerty, Thia Stephan, Mark Torres, Jonathan Forbes, Andrew Sellon, Eden Brolin and Alice Marks

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Wesli Spencer, Eden Brolin and Alice Marks

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Tenzin Yeshi, Aria Shahghasemi and Wesli Spencer

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Sean Hagerty, Jonathan Forbes and Alice Marks

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Mark Torres and Thia Stephan

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Jonathan Forbes, Aria Shahghasemi, Eden Brolin, Andrew Sellon and Sean Hagerty

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Mark Torres, Thia Stephan and Jonathan Forbes

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Sean Hagerty, Jonathan Forbes and Eden Brolin

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Jonathan Forbes and Eden Brolin

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Jonathan Forbes and Eden Brolin

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Sean Hagerty, Jonathan Forbes and Eden Brolin

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Mark Torres

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Tenzin Yeshi

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Jonathan Forbes

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Eden Brolin

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Eden Brolin

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Tenzin Yeshi

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Thia Stephan

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Aria Shahghasemi

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Andrew Sellon

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Wesli Spencer

Photo Coverage: Meet the Company of Shakespeare@'s HAMLET
Alice Marks



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