Thursday Aug 14, 2014
Albuquerque, NM 87108
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Cady presents Shakespeare's classic play in a state penitentiary, featuring an all-male cast. Runs through 8/24.
âDenmarkâs a prison.â Those words spoken by Hamlet in William Shakespeareâs play, written more than 400 years ago, inspired veteran director James Cady to set his production of Hamlet in a state penitentiary. âI donât know if Iâm the first director to stage the play this way, but actual prisoners have been producing the play as part of their rehabilitation for several years. The play seems to speak, on a deeply emotional and redemptive level, to inmates whose crimes parallel the characters in Hamlet, primarily murder and revenge.â
Cady has assembled an all-male cast of Albuquerqueâs finest actors to play out his vision: Ed Chavez, Brennan Foster, Bradd Howard, Peter Shea Kierst, Micah Linford, Marc Lynch, Tim MacAlpine, Ray Orley, Ned Record, Philip J. Shortell, Tyler Alan Strand, Matthew Van Wettering and Michael Weppler.
âThe challenge for the actor,â Cady states, âis to portray the characters in Shakespeareâs play (using Shakespeareâs language), but to do so through the prison characters they have created.â
With the play cut to a mere ninety (90) minutes and performed without intermission, Cady believes that once the audience signs on for the ride, even though they think they know how the story ends, they will constantly be asking themselves âWhat happens next?â And, according to Cady, âthat is the essence of great theatre.â
Hamlet is presented by Champion Productions LLCâs Donna M. Barra, who previously produced Cadyâs one-man show, The Unauthorized Afterlife of Eugene O'Niell.Â Cadyâs recent directorial successes in Albuquerque include Moon For the Misbegotten and All My Sons at The Adobe Theater, Death of a Salesman and The Front Page at The Vortex Theatre.
Tickets are $20 general, $18.00 seniors (62+) ATG/TLC members, $15.00 for students. Â Group rates available for 10 or more. Â Reservations can be made online or by phone at Brown Paper Tickets: 800.838.3006.