In summer 2007, the Ithaca Shakespeare Company took on what many consider the greatest play ever written - a tragedy of love found and lost, murder, cruelty, ghosts, revenge, and existential angst, it also offers wicked comedy, exciting action, and a celebration of the art of acting.
"I've been coming to your shows for years. Your work is remarkable."
"I felt completely drained
after watching it -
which is how you know that Shakespeare is done right."
One of the most rewarding aspects of this production for me was the work we did to explore the "backstory" of Hamlet. Shakespeare's text gives us a lot of tantalizing hints about the characters before the events of the play take place. What was Hamlet like before his father was killed? What was the nature of his relationship with Ophelia? With the players? With his father? With Yorick? Considering these questions had a big impact on how we saw the things that do happen in the play. - Stephen Ponton, Director
"A unique and entertaining experience that...should not be passed up."
- Ithaca Journal
"It just takes your breath away."
"When Ophelia was singing and crying in the rain...Hollywood couldn't have done it better."
"I had tears running down my face - and this is the third time
I've seen it!"
|Hamlet||Danny Makali'i Mittermeyer|
|King Claudius||Ed Schiff*|
|Queen Gertrude||Judith Andrew|
|Ghost of Hamlet's Father||Marty Heresniak|
|Marcellus||Robert J. Deluca|
|Gravedigger||Robert J. Deluca|
|Second Gravedigger||Mickey Pearlstein-Gluck|
|First Player/Player King||Robert J. Deluca|
|Player Queen||Kelly Andronicos|
|Stage Manager||Christina Caraco|
|Costume Design||Lauren Cowdery|
|Fight Choreographer||Sarah Dunlap|
|Publicity/Posters/Website Design||Melanie Uhlir|
|Portrait Painting||Ben Andrew|
All music composed and/or arranged by Marty Heresniak. For information on voice and singing lessons, go to http://users.arczip.com/voxnaturalis/
Melanie, Dave, and Marty for all their work on logistics and props; everyone at Cornell Plantations who labored to make this production possible - Don Rakow, Christopher Bolgiano, Lisa Trust, Kevin Moss, Rachel Kennedy, and the volunteers at each show; Ben Andrew for painting the two portraits.
* actors shown with an asterisk after their name appear courtesy of the Actor's Equity Association.
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