Hamlet, the First Quarto (The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet Prince of Denmarke)
"To be or not to be, ay there's the point."
Before Hamlet was one of the greatest works of western civilization, it was the story of a prince wrestling with the aftermath of his father's death and seeking justice for his murder. Originally published in 1603, the "bad quarto" of Hamlet stands much of what we know about the play from its longer versions on its head, and forces us to consider Shakespeare as a man who wielded not only the mightiest pen in his company, but also very likely carried a sword on its stages.
Bad Quarto Productions, a theatre company specializing in performing modern theatre using Shakespearean staging techniques, will stage the first quarto of Hamlet, the earliest printed version of Shakespeares most famous play. Printed in 1603, the first quarto of Hamlet was published just a year before the first of the more familiar printings of the play. Shorter, faster paced, and more action packed than the second quarto and First Folio versions, the first quarto of Hamlet forces us to reconsider what we know about both Hamlet and Shakespeare as a dramatist.
Directed by Bad Quarto Productions Artistic Director Tony Tambasco, Hamlet is the story of murder, incest, and revenge brought to life by Bad Quarto Productions signature style of combining modern text work with Shakespeares staging conditions. Our performance combines Shakespeares language with the liveliness of improv.
Hamlet will play at Studios 353 (353 W. 48th St., New York) from March 26th through April 10th on the following days and times:
Saturday, March 26th: 8 PM
Sunday, March 27th: 8 PM
Friday, April 1st: 8 PM
Saturday. April 2nd: 8 PM
Sunday, April 3rd: 8 PM
Friday, April 8th: 8 PM
Saturday, April 9th: 8 PM
Sunday, April 10th: 2 PM
The house opens 20 minutes before curtain times, and Hamlet has an approximately 120 minute running time. Come early and enjoy live music performed by the cast.
For tickets and more information, please visit us online at http://www.BadQuarto.org. Questions may be directed to Director Tony Tambasco at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Bad Quarto's box office at (646) 598-2128 between 10 AM and 6 PM.
Of Hamlet, Tambasco says at a time when theatre companies are increasingly turning to the classics to find meaning in our post-modern world, there's Q1 Hamlet, the first, best reminder that we don't know this Shakespeare fellow nearly as well as we like to imagine. It's a message in a bottle from 1603 that forces us to confront that to be or not to be is not necessarily a question at all, and invites us to admit a wider array of responses.
About Bad Quarto Productions: Bad Quarto Productions was founded in 2010 to explore the rarely performed plays of Shakespeare's time, and the ways in which Shakespeare's staging techniques can inform modern theatrical productions. The company has produced the earliest printed version of Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of a Shrew (a shrew not the shrew); the first performance of The Merry Devil of Edmonton in the modern era; and The Ballad of Dido, an original musical developed using Shakespearean techniques. Bad Quarto's performance style has found favor with audiences wherever we've played, and we continue to look for new ways of bridging the gap between Shakespeare's theatre and our own.
Hamlet: Alex Dabertin
Queen Gertred: Kitty Mortland
King: John Walbolt
Ofelia/Braggart Gentleman: Beatriz Browne
Leartes: Andre Silva
Horatio: Rachel Matuse
Ghost/Player Duke/Fortenbrasse: James Overton
Corambis/Priest/Ambassador: Sophia Kokonas
Rossencraft/1st Sentinel/2nd English Ambassador: Roz Cavallaro
Gilderstone/Gravedigger: Dani Martineck
Marcellus/Player Duchess: Arif Silverman
Barnardo/Montano/the Player Murderer/Voltemar: Owen Moss Hayden
Director: Tony Tambasco
Stage Manager: S.M. Payson
Costumer/Marketing Director: Joanne Famiglietti
Studios 353 (View)
353 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036
|Minimum Age: 10|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|