Family Ties

Originally posted June 16, 2012

By this time, it’s old news that We Happy Few has drastically cut the script for Hamlet (see last post for details). What you may also know is that with that cut, a couple of key figures, like Horatio, have also gone. While Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Osric, the Player King, and a few others remain, the focus has clearly been shifted to spotlight just six characters. What we see is two families, the ties that bind them, and the hitches in their future plans.

With a cast of just 6, our talented actors explored the relationships between each of their characters over the span of the first few weeks of rehearsals. Each new pairing that rehearsed together would provoke conversation about the way their scenes should be inspired by not just the associations made within the text of the play but also based on what must have been much different scenarios earlier in the timeline. What kind of feelings did Hamlet and Ophelia have for each other before these incidents? How might Hamlet have felt about his uncle before he married his mother? Do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have the exact same motivations to attend to Hamlet?

Billy Finn* is Guildenstern, Chris Genebach's* Hamlet, and Raven Bonniwell as Rosencrantz. * indicates AEA membership.

Billy Finn* is Guildenstern, Chris Genebach’s* Hamlet, and Raven Bonniwell as Rosencrantz. * indicates AEA membership.

You can see our proposed answers to these and many other questions when Hamlet is onstage July 13 – 28, 2012. Tickets for the show go on sale June 18.

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