Having been summoned home to Denmark from school in Germany to attend his father's funeral, he is shocked to find his mother Gertrude already remarried. The Queen has wed Hamlet's Uncle Claudiusthe dead king's brother. To Hamlet, the marriage is "foul incest.
By Laura Bulkin tempo taosnews. His explorations of human love, ambition and hubris, translated into at least 80 languages, have remained ever-timely and freshly relevant throughout four centuries.
Teatro Serpiente is about to embark on a two-week run of what is arguably the Bard's most complex work: All shows will be at 7 p. The tale begins on a dark winter night at Denmark's Elsinore Castle, a castle now haunted by the ghost of its murdered king, Prince Hamlet's father.
Hamlet takes on the task of avenging his father's death, and thus begins his descent into futility, crippling indecision and madness, or at least feigned madness. Actor, singer and writer Serena Jade Smith is making her directorial debut with this production.
Smith devoted six months to preparation, adapting a four-hour script with 32 characters down to a manageable length of a bit over two hours, with 10 actors.
She also immersed herself in the canon of literature and analysis about the play, considering everything from Freud to "The Lion King. Everything is shown from Hamlet's perspective, all these in-between places, between life and death, between feminine and masculine.
I wanted to really explore his distrust of women and the different ways of being a man that are expressed in the different characters. So when Serena suggested it and said she hoped I'd play that role, it was a pretty exciting moment.
It's been a very different kind of thing to approach. First, because of the technical scale, the quantity of dialogue you have, so much to learn before you even get to the character himself.
When I was going through and memorizing scene by scene, there were a lot of lines that would immediately give me an emotional response.
I feel very confident disclosing that at that point in my life, I hadn't the slightest clue of the raging sea of emotions a reigning queen and mother could experience while grieving for a dead husband, marrying his brother and watching her son seemingly go mad.
But in truth, even more than 20 years later, I'm still not sure I've even scratched the surface. The questions it presents about masculinity, grief and violence still feel intensely relevant today. I'm grateful for the opportunity to portray Ophelia, and I hope I can do justice both to her character and to the beautiful language in which she's written.
I'm excited about the fight scenes that I am part of in the play. Serena is doing a a really great job with the script, and Hamlet is incredible.
I'm very excited Taos gets to see this production. Rosencrantz is played by Jessica Fitzgerald.Of all the pivotal characters in Hamlet, Ophelia is the most static and one-dimensional.
She has the potential to become a tragic heroine -- to overcome the adversities inflicted upon her -- but she instead crumbles into insanity, becoming merely tragic. That are so fortified against our story What we have two nights seen. HORATIO Well, sit we down, And let us hear Bernardo speak of this.
BERNARDO Last night of all, Dared to the combat; in which our valiant Hamlet--For so this side of our known world esteem'd him--Did slay this Fortinbras; who by a seal'd compact. Get free homework help on William Shakespeare's Hamlet: play summary, scene summary and analysis and original text, quotes, essays, character analysis, and filmography courtesy of CliffsNotes.
William Shakespeare's Hamlet follows the young prince Hamlet home to Denmark to attend his father's funeral. The name is of Germanic derivation.
Gender inequality is a predominant issue in Hamlet as the two leading women's are characterized as weak, obedient, and are used as tools of manipulation by the male figures in their lives.
Ultimately, Shakespeare illustrates a sympathetic image of Gertrude and.
Laertes succeeds in wounding Hamlet, though Hamlet does not die of the poison immediately. First, Laertes is cut by his own sword’s blade, and, after revealing to Hamlet that Claudius is responsible for the queen’s death, he dies from the blade’s poison.
- Significance of the Ghost to William Shakespeare's Hamlet In Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', the ghost plays a key role in influencing the destinies of the other characters. The ghost is important to the play as it symbolizes both fate and catalyses the plot.