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HAMLET Gets Diverse, Dynamic Staging by Freehold's Engaged Theatre

HAMLET Gets Diverse, Dynamic Staging by Freehold's Engaged Theatre

The genius of Shakespeare's plays is their ability to resonate in every age. The timelessness of HAMLET combined with Freehold's Engaged Theatre productions' intentionally dynamic and diverse staging means that any human can see a reflection of some part of themselves in the story, the characters, the music or movement.

HAMLET is a play about endeavoring to meet what time has dealt. Born into a time that is out of joint, personally and politically, the characters must seek into their own hearts to find the actions they can live with - sometimes against the expectations of the world around them. They must weigh loyalties and sacrifices and survival and make a choice. And then must act alone and live with the consequences of that action, and in the process come to a new experience of themselves.

Director Robin Lynn Smith shared, "I keep coming back to Shakespeare because his characters are fully complex, conflicted, contradictory human beings. The plays demand everything we can bring, every time, to put the living, breathing story up there - so that the audience can connect to these extraordinary circumstances fully embodied by the actors."


HAMLET by William Shakespeare
Presented by Freehold's Engaged Theatre

Production Team:

Robin Lynn Smith Director

Gino Yevdjevich Composer

Vanessa Skantze Movement Director

Michael Owcharuk Musical Director

Geof Alm Fight Director

Maren Comendant Stage Manager

Alyssa Woodbury Assistant Stage Manager

Dennis Culpepper Technical Director

CAST (in alphabetical order)

Lizzie Aguirre Ensemble

Sherif Amin Rosencrantz/Osric

Shawn Belyea Claudius/Ghost of Hamlet

Orion Bradshaw Fortinbras

Madilyn Cooper Guildenstern

Sunam Ellis Horatio

Mary Ewald Gertrude

Reginald Andre Jackson Hamlet

Aishe Keita Ophelia

Andre Nelson Polonius

Peter Dylan O'Connor Laertes/Player King

Jacoba Wentross Ensemble


Jordan Voelker

Jacoba Wentross

Design Team:

Shawn Ketchum Johnson Scenic Design

Heiko Huffman Assistant Scenic Design

Brynne McKeen Costume Design

Dani Norberg Lighting Design

Emma Ambaucher Props Design

Running July 20 - July 31, 2017
Thurs-Sat @ 8P, Sun @ 4P, Monday 7/31 @ 8P

At Lee Center for the Arts on the edge of the Seattle University Campus -- 901 12th Ave (just south of Union).

Performance Times - Thursday, Friday & Saturdays @ 8P, Sundays @ 4P, special Monday performance on July 31 @ 8P. A portion of HAMLET will also perform at the Seattle Outdoor Theatre Festival on July 15 @ 4P.

Talkbacks after performances Sunday Jul 23 @ 4pm, and Thursday Jul 27th @ 8pm

Special Guests on July 23rd Officers and Staff of Washington Corrections Center for Women

Freehold's core value of radical accessibility means no barriers to attending - all performances are pay what you can. Seats can be reserved through or by calling (800) 838-3006.

Since 1991, Freehold has been a highly acclaimed center for the practice of theatre. Our Theatre Lab provides a forum for mature artists to research and develop new work and to re-interpret classics. Our Studio provides a place for actors, from inspired novices to working professionals, to train. Freehold engages an exclusive faculty of independent professional artists.

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