Shakespeare Tour Company to Perform Hamlet, One Night Only, March 18

A special presentation of “Hamlet,” performed by actors from the American Shakespeare Center (ASC), will take place at 7:30 p.m. March 18. Due to scheduling issues, this Truman-sponsored event will take place at the Baptist Student Union located at 110 W. Normal Street. Admission is free and open to the public.

Shakespeare’s Hamlet remains, after 400 years, one of the English language’s liveliest, saddest, quirkiest, dreamiest and most thoughtful of characters. A troupe of a dozen professional actors from the ASC will perform the bard’s greatest play.

Since September 2008, the troupe has been on tour bringing “Hamlet” and two other plays to venues all over the country. Their hallmarks are zest, speed and talent for depth and innovation. Like Shakespeare’s original troupe, the ASC insists on including the audience in their performances and recognizes the play as a living organism.

When they return to their home base in Staunton, Va., the troupe will alternately present “Hamlet,” “Rosencrantz” and “Guildenstern Are Dead.” Their playhouse is the world’s only full re-creation of the indoor theater that Shakespeare regularly used in London.     

Between 1996 and 2001 the company performed annually at Truman. With the support of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Provost’s Office, the New Students Office, the English Department and with special thanks to Arnie and Alanna Preussner, the ASC returns.

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