Olney Theatre Center, a Mid-Atlantic destination for extraordinary theater performance and education, and home of the longest-running educational touring company, National Players, presents free performances of Hamlet by William Shakespeare outdoors on the Root Family Stage August 17-28, 2016. Performances begin at 7:30 pm.
Hamlet is the second of three National Players Tour 68 productions to be presented at Olney Theatre Center. The prince of Denmark returns home from school to find his family life in ruins—his father dead, his mother remarried, and his uncle (now step-father) ruling the country. When his father’s ghost appears with dire announcements, Hamlet struggles to redefine his life and find his way forward. This is the first time in 32 years that National Players has produced Shakespeare’s most prolific play. Come see it again in a new light.
Hamlet is directed by Jason King Jones, the Artistic Director of National Players, who most recently directed Dial ‘M’ For Murder on the Olney Theatre Center Mainstage. In addition to his role as Artistic Director, Jones also serves as Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education at Olney Theatre Center. Rounding out the creative team are Paige Hathaway (Scenic Designer), Seth Gilbert (Costume Designer), Sarah Tundermann (Lighting Designer), and Roc Lee (Sound Designer).
“Shakespeare has always formed the core of National Players’ repertoire,” says Jones, “and Hamlet is one of his greatest works. But National Players have not attempted this play in nearly 23 years, so it feels like we’re doing something completely new for us.”
National Players is made up of ten early-career actors, who not only play multiple roles onstage, but also serve as managers, teaching artists, and technicians. This year’s National Players are: Allyson Boate, Guadalupe Campos, Lynn Favin, Ignacio Garcia-Bustelo, Jered Hobbs, Shawn Morgenlander, Audrey Tchoukoua, Moira Todd, Adam Turck, and Alex Turner.
Hamlet is one of a trio of plays National Players will tour this year, the other two being The Giver and The Grapes of Wrath. Ultimately, National Players will bring their repertory to over 45 venues in 22 states in the next 12 months.