The Gallery Players Presents HAMLET, Jeremy Bobb To Star 7/22-8/1

Continuing a Summer Shakespeare series that began with last season's production of King Lear, called "insanely good" by The Brooklyn Paper, The Gallery Players proudly announces casting and creative team for Shakespeare's seminal work, Hamlet. Directed by Taibi Magar and starring Broadway's Jeremy Bobb (Is He Dead?; Translations) as Hamlet, The Gallery Players' production of Hamlet gets a limited, twelve performance engagement Thursday, July 22 - Sunday, August 1, 2010.

A ghost story; a tale of fratricide; a saga of moral, political and sexual corruption. Hamlet is an epic tale about a man catapulted into revenging his father's murder. But Hamlet's journey is complicated by his doubts concerning the afterlife; "the undiscovered country." An eternity is at stake!

The cast of Hamlet is led by Jeremy Bobb in the title role (Broadway: Is He Dead?; Translations) and Brendan Averett as Claudius (Sarah Ruhl's The Passion Play, Yale Rep and Brooklyn's Irondale Center). The cast is rounded out by a cast of veteran classical actors: Oliver Conant* (Off-Broadway: Elizabeth Rex, Nicu's Spoon; Queens Shakespeare Co.), Tim Eliot (Hudson Shakespeare), Sidney Fortner*, Nedra Gallegos*, Justin Gillman (Twelfth Night, Classic Stage Company), Andy Hassell, Vin Kridakorn (Taming of the Shrew, Queen's Players), E.C. Kelly* (As You Like It, The Gallery Players), Aryeh Lappin (Charles Mee's Coney Island Avenue), Dan Lawrence and Stephen Pilkington* (Pinter's Mirror, Shakespeare & Company).

Hamlet is directed by Taibi Magar (asst. director, Shakespeare on the Sound; Broadway's Exit the King) and the Producer is Dominic Cuskern for The Gallery Players. The associate producer is Hannah Mason, associate producer & dramaturg is Oleg Ivanov, assistant director is Rachel Wohlander. The lighting design is by Stephen Sokowski, set design is by Tom George (asst. set design, La Jolla Playhouse), sound design is by Toby Algy and costume design is by Allison Crutchfield. The fight choreographer is John Hayden (Broadway: Tartuffe) and the Production Stage Manager is Heather Arnson*. *courtesy of Actor's Equity Association.

Hamlet opens Thursday, July 22, 2010 and runs Thursdays, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm & 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3 pm through August 1, 2010. There will be two special weekday performances Monday, July 26th at 7:30 pm (pay what you can) and Wednesday, July 28th at 7:30 pm.

Tickets to Hamlet are $18 for adults, $14 for Seniors & Children 12 and under. Individual tickets can be purchased by calling Theater Mania at (212) 352-3101, or online at www.galleryplayers.com. The Gallery Players is located at 199 14th St., between 4th and 5th Aves. in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Take the F Train to 4th Ave. or the R Train to 9th Street. By car: BQE to Hamilton Avenue to 14th Street.

A New York institution since 1967, The Gallery Players has served actors and audiences alike for more than 4 decades by showcasing burgeoning new talent and offering a home base for theater professionals. Its eclectic programming of intimate revivals and ambitious new work in inventive productions has earned it the reputation of "New York's Best Kept Secret." The Gallery Players is the recipient of the Off-Off Broadway Review's 2000 Award for Lifetime Achievement and is the three-time recipient of New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for their productions of Urinetown! The musical, Yank! A New Musical, (now slated for a Broadway run) and Like You Like It. Among its famous alumni are founding member Harvey Fierstein; Broadway regulars Nancy Anderson, Jeffry Denman and Diedre Goodwin; New York theater personality Seth Rudetsky and many others.

The Peanut Gallery, a summer musical theatre camp for kids runs July 5 - 30, 2010. The Gallery Players' 44th season will be announced shortly! For subscription information, visit www.galleryplayers.com.

Photo credit: Carlos Gustavo Monroy

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