DeSales University's Will Power tour of "Hamlet" will be performed at the Struthers Library Theatre in Warren at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17. This professionally directed 80-minute show is complete with sets and costumes and will illuminate the richness and dimensionality of Shakespeare's characters and the beauty of his language. A company of highly trained and experienced actor/teachers deliver compelling performances.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, has multiple woes. The ghost of his father haunts Elsinore; his uncle, Claudius, has married Queen Gertrude, his mother, and assumed the throne; and Fortinbras of Norway threatens Denmark with an invading army. When Hamlet meets the ghost, his dead father reveals that Claudius poisoned him-and the ghost demands that Hamlet exact revenge. In order to carry this out, Hamlet feigns madness; as part of his insanity, he scorns the affections of Ophelia, daughter of Polonius, to whom he had made romantic overtures. Polonius grows concerned over the apparent insanity that has beset Hamlet and reveals it to the King and Queen. Meanwhile, Hamlet struggles to convince himself that Claudius is the murderer of his father, and in an attempt to "catch the king's conscience," Hamlet convinces a traveling troupe of actors to perform a play in which the action closely resembles the events related to him by the ghost.
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University's production is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest.
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University is one of 40 professional theater companies selected to participate in Shakespeare for a New Generation, bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to thousands of middle and high school students in communities across the United States. This is the seventh year of Shakespeare in American Communities, the largest tour of Shakespeare in American history.
Tickets for this event are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the theater office, call 723-7231 or at the door 45 minutes prior to the performance. Call ahead to reserve handicapped seating or assisted hearing devices.