directed by Steven Carl McCasland
In The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective's sepia-toned, antiquitian world, a steampunk Hamlet returns from Denmark to find his father dead, his mother bedding his uncle and his country at the brink of war. To make things worse, he's being followed around by a clingy coquette with a particularly curious father and a very over-protective brother. Meanwhile, the ghost of his father roams the halls of Elsinore, his family's estate in Denmark. The haunted spirit reaches out to his son through means of the paranormal: the television glows with an eerie light and a record play begins to turn. As he seeks revenge of his father's end, lives will change their courses forever. Starring Rory Allan Meditz as Hamlet, Jackie Jacobi as Ophelia, John Johmann as Claudius and Tracy Jennissen as Gertrude. With John Caldara as Polonius, Dominick DeGaetano as Laertes, Kristen Vaphides as Rosencrantz and Kathleen Moran as Guildenstern. Also featuring Lena August, Bradley LeBoeuf*, Michael Callahan, Jessica McHugh and Patrick Whitehead. *Bradley LeBoeuf will understudy the title role and perform Saturday matinees with Sunday evening, November 7th. Emily Floyd will understudy the role of Ophelia and perform Saturday matinees with Sunday afternoon, November 14th. The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective is a continuation of Group Therapy Productions, which founder and artistic director Steven Carl McCasland, created as a student at Pace University. The mission - to creative exciting, innovative and educational theater that benefits the arts and the community - prospers with Beautiful Soup. Inspired by the imagination of Alice who visits Wonderland, Beautiful Soup will explore Elizabethan, Greek and other classical theater, including American landmarks with a new twist. In addition, they'll push the boundaries of theater by adventuring onto new works of musical theater and opera. In its 2010-2011 season, Beautiful Soup will produce two more classics and one new musical. Beautiful Soup's four productions will make their homes around the metropolitan area, exploring New York City in new and innovative ways with classic text. And so, we begin our journey with William Shakespeare's HAMLET deep in the heart of the East Village.
11/5/2010 at 7:00pm