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UCSB Department of Theater and Dance presents William Shakespeare’s HAMLET

The UCSB Department of Theater and Dance presents William Shakespeare’s HAMLET, adapted and directed by UCSB faculty member Irwin Appel, for six performances only, May 20-28 in the Hatlen Theatre on the UC Santa Barbara campus.

Professor Appel shares thoughts on this familiar classic and UCSB’s production:

“HAMLET is a very modern tale. It raises relevant questions about the meaning of life, thought vs. action and what reckoning might be waiting for us after this life. Some reoccurring themes are: conscience, natural vs. unnatural, and ‘acting’ as a root of action. The play uses the metaphors, terminology and iconography of the theater. At the end of the play, Fortinbras instructs his men to bear Hamlet ‘like a soldier to the STAGE.’ Hamlet implores Horatio to ‘tell my story.’ Hamlet uses a play to prove the king’s guilt. The play always asks questions about what ’seems’ vs. what ‘is.’

At the same time, it is an almost medieval tale; it is a play about castles and ghosts, heaven and hell. We have chosen to set our production in a timeless vein, with gothic and modern elements mixed in an eclectic style. We want the audience to be continually reminded that this is both a contemporary and an ancient story…”

May 20-21 & 26-28 at 8:00pm; May 22 at 2:00pm*
Hatlen Theatre, UC Santa Barbara campus

Tickets: $13-$17;

*There will be a talkback with the director, the cast, and other HAMLET team members after the matinee performance on Sunday, May 22.

The Department of Theater and Dance is located amidst some of the newest facilities on campus, including a well-lit parking structure (Lot 22) close to performance venues. Visit the departmental website for directions and more information about attending events at UCSB. The department’s productions are not targeted to children. Patrons with special needs due to a disability should contact the department, (805) 893-3022.

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