Asolo Repertory Theatre Presents ASOLO REDUX

Asolo Repertory Theatre presents an FSU/Asolo Conservatory production of the New Stages project HAMLET REDUX, a 60 minute adaptation from the play by William Shakespeare. As a second successful touring season begins, New Stages will reach out to schools, organizations and creative venues across the state. New this year: Two companies will tour, creating more opportunities for performances and dialogue within our communities. This new adaptation by Stephanie Fleischmann and Dmitry Troyanovsky and directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky, embarks on a one month-plus tour tonight; special Opening Night public performances in the Cook Theatre will be on October 6th at 6 pm & 8:30 pm.

"From start to finish, this season is all about inspired re-invention," affirms Michael Donald Edwards, Asolo Rep?s Producing Artistic Director. HAMLET REDUX will introduce students to one of Shakespeare?s greatest plays. At the same time, it will serve as a thematic connection to Asolo Rep?s mainstage season, which includes yet another reinvention - a production of the new adaptation, Hamlet, Prince of Cuba. The mainstage production runs March 23 - May 6, with selected performances in Spanish with English subtitles. HAMLET REDUX explores Shakespeare?s timeless tragedy in an intensely theatrical style, raising questions that are as relevant today as they were 400 years ago. What do you do when you are faced with an impossible decision? How do you take action? How do you confront the fragility of human life? How do you stay true to yourself in a world of deception and play acting?

"When we are young, we think life offers us infinite possibilities. We can do anything. But as we grow up, we realize some things don?t go according to our plan. We lose some of our illusions of total freedom and limitless choice. In that sense, Hamlet is a play about growing up - about shedding our youthful illusions as we confront the inhospitable world around us," HAMLET REDUX director Dmitry Troyanovsky offers his vision for the production. "Hamlet finds himself in a very tough situation, which he can?t quite control or direct. He rages against the things life imposes on him. When he buries his father, he can?t come to terms with his mother?s marriage and his uncle?s new role as king. When the ghost reveals the truth, Hamlet has misgivings about his vengeful duty. He famously proclaims: „O cursed spite that ever I was born to set it right!? Yet another part he never wanted to play. With every action, he?s drawn deeper into events that seem beyond his control. In the course of the play, Hamlet transforms from an idealistic youth to a wiser (maybe a harsher) soul, all too familiar with, „the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.? Hamlet grows up."

New Stages reached over 10,000 people in its previous tour Antigone Now - with over 40 performances, from Tampa to Punta Gorda. Asolo Rep?s Education and Outreach Director, Brian Hersh expands on the future of New Stages, "HAMLET REDUX is building on the past success (of Antigone Now) while serving the need to make engaging, high-quality, live theatre accessible to audiences throughout the region. Two casts will be performing all over Florida in high schools, museums, theatres, and various other venues. During such difficult times, it is as important as ever to ensure people of all backgrounds, and especially young people, have the chance to experience what makes live theatre an essential element in our lives." 

New Stages endeavors to enhance every theatre opportunity. An excellent example of how New Stages is pushing the theatrical envelope is Asolo Rep?s new partnership with the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. This year HAMLET REDUX will be in residence October 10 -- 14th at the new South-Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center performing for schools and the public as part of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Shadow Interpreted Theatre Program and Open Access Theatre Series. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Shadow Interpreted Theatre Program utilizes specially trained American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, in a "shadow" performance literally paired alongside the HAMLET REDUX actors, creating a unique art form seamlessly integrated into the live performance. Instead of the interpreter standing separate, insplit focus with typical staging, audience members who are deaf can simultaneously see and "hear" the performance and enjoy the same theatre experience as hearing audiences. In addition, other ASL users such as those with Autism and Audio Processing Disorders will also have an active link to now enjoy a complete, innovative, theatrical experience showcasing Shakespeare?s language. The actors will rehearse with the interpreters to establish a groundbreaking physical and visual experience for any audience member (similar to watching a film with subtitles). New Stages will reach a new audience in a refreshing way. 

New Stages is a bold educational initiative that challenges young minds and promotes exciting opportunities to grow and learn. Originally modeled to enhance curricular goals and help teachers and students integrate theatre into learning through student matinees and workshops, New Stages is evolving the scope of the theatre experience. It now offers community members across the region the chance to share the joys of theatre by attending public performances. Please note: While HAMLET REDUX will be performed mostly in high schools, its themes are inclusive for audiences ranging from middle school-aged students to senior citizens.

Asolo Rep?s talented touring casts for HAMLET REDUX are currently in the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, which is a three-year graduate program culminating in a Master of Fine Arts degree. Only 12 students are chosen each year from thousands who audition in four cities nationwide. Actors are provided with rigorous training in a professional theatre environment including membership in the Asolo Repertory Theatre company during their third year. Graduates of this program have appeared on and off Broadway, in regional theatres, in feature films and on television. U.S. News and World Report has consistently included FSU?s graduate theatre programs in its top-tier rankings, one of the few public university programs so honored.

Asolo Repertory Theatre subsidizes the costs of the New Stages touring program through charitable contributions from foundations, corporations, and individual donors. Through Asolo Rep?s new Adopt-A-School program, donors can help bring New Stages productions and learning tools to a specific school or schools. For more information on Adopt-A School contact Tricia Mire, Development Director at 941.351.9010 x 4700.

Stephanie Fleischmann (Adapter) is a playwright and librettist/lyricist whose texts serve as blueprints for intricate three-dimensional sonic and visual worlds. Her works for theater include: Red Fly/Blue Bottle, The Secret Lives of Coats, What the Moon Saw, Omonia-3, Eloise & Ray, Tally Ho, The Street of Useful Things, The World Speed Carnival, The Hotel Carter, Viper, Tinder, and The Greeks and The Americans with Brian Mertes at Juilliard (song lyrics, dramaturgy, co-devising). She has been produced/developed internationally and in the U.S. at venues including: Noorderzon Festival (Netherlands), Exit Festival (France), Hellenic Centre of ITI (Athens, Greece), Aldeburgh Festival (England), EMPAC, Son of Semele, Roadworks, Synchronicity, Playlabs, Integrity, Act II, Empty Space, L.A. Theatreworks, the Hollywood Bowl. And in NYC at: T41, HERE, New Georges, Soho Rep, the Public, Knitting Factory and more. Grants/fellowships/residencies include: NEA opera commission, Frederick Loewe Award, Tennessee Williams fellowship, Playwrights Center Core Writer and New Dramatists alumnus. Published by Play, A Journal of Plays,, Smith and Krauss. MFA: Brooklyn College (studied with Mac Wellman). She teaches playwrighting at Skidmore College and is a Resident Artist at the Composer/Librettist Development Program of the American Lyric Theater. With director Dmitry Troyanovsky and students at Bard and Smolny (St. Petersburg, Russia) she adapted Andrei Bely?s Petersburg, which was performed in Russia and the U.S.

Dmitry Troyanovsky (Director and Adapter) For FSU/Asolo Conservatory, he directed Antigone Now (2010), Sophie Treadwell?s Machinal (2010) and The Bacchae (2008). Directing Projects include a multi-media staging of Presnyakov Brothers? Terrorism (Fisher Arts Center, NY). The Discreet Charm of Monsieur Jourdain, based on Moliere?s work (Moscow), Strings Attached: Serenade for Two, a new play/concert commissioned by the 92 Street Y in New York. Notable Projects: Vassily Sigarev?s Plasticine, Alexander Ostrovsky?s The Forest, Nikolai Erdman?s The Suicide, Frank Wedekind?s Spring Awakening, Andrey Bely?s Petersburg, Dürrenmatt?s The Visit, On the Water (his adaptation of Chekhov?s The Seagull) and the Russian language premier of Shepard?s Fool for Love at famed Pushkin Theatre in Moscow. Led workshops/developed new material at Baryshnikov Arts Center, American Repertory Theatre Institute, Soho Rep Summer Camp, St. Petersburg State University (Russia), Fisher Arts Center at Bard College, and Brown University. He has created installation and performance art projects such as Herzstuck at the Rose Art Museum (Brandeis University). He is an MFA graduate of The American Repertory Theatre Institute for the Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University and on the faculty at NYU?s Tisch School for the Arts.

HAMLET REDUX -- Production Staff:

Producing Artistic Director, Michael Donald Edwards; Managing Director, Linda DiGabriele; FSU/Asolo Conservatory Director and Associate Director of Asolo Rep, Greg Leaming; Director and Adapter, Dmitry Troyanovsky; Adapter, Stephanie Fleischmann; Costume Designer, Moria Sine Clinton; Sound Designer, Matthew Parker; Voice & Dialect, Patricia Delorey; Fight Director, Bruce Lecure; Stage Manager, Ann E. Stenehjem; Stage Manager, Dane M. Urban; Tour Manager, Nia Sciarretta; Education & Outreach Director, Brian Hersh; Education Associate, Kelli Bragdon; Education Intern, Lily Junker


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