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Harborside Shakespeare Company sets Shakespeare in the Depression
“To be or not to be?” asks the young Hamlet, standing by the grave of his father. The scene is recognizable to many—except for the 1930’s dustbowl setting of the Harborside Shakespeare Company’s summer 2014 production.
Known for vibrant, atypical settings of William Shakespeare’s plays, HSC places “Hamlet” in the Great Depression. The family farm of the successful “King” Hamlet has been failing since his death, and Hamlet, the eldest son, is struggling with the resulting whirling winds of change—especially once he discovers that his jealous Uncle Claudius has murdered his father. Adding to the eerie, barren atmosphere is an evocative soundtrack featuring Mumford & Sons, Robert Plant, Patti Smith, and others.
"The more time I spend with the text, the more I realize that the story and the language lend itself perfectly to the dustbowl," says director Alicia Hynes.
HSC is a community-driven, nonprofit theatre company founded by veteran directors and performers Alicia Hynes and Daniel Mahler in 2012. Hynes and Mahler have attracted extensive media attention to their surprising and exceedingly accessible settings of classical and original plays through HSC, and earlier, as students at College of the Atlantic. Mahler holds an MA in Theater Education from Emerson College.
July 25 and 26 at 7:30 pm the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor; Aug. 1 at 7 pm at Winter Harbor's Schoodic Arts for All; Aug. 9 at 7:30 pm and Aug. 10 at 2 and 7:30 pm at College of the Atlantic’s Gates Community Center in Bar Harbor; and Aug 16 at 7:30 pm at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth. Tickets are $8 for children, $10 for students/seniors, and $12 for adults, all available online. For more, write firstname.lastname@example.org, call 207-939-6929, or visit www.harborsideshakespeare.org.
Four Venues over Four weeks:
July 25 and 26 at 7:30 pm in the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor;
Aug. 1 at 7 pm at Winter Harbor’s Schoodic Arts For All;
Aug. 9 at 7:30 pm and Aug. 10 at 2 and 7:30 pm at College of the Atlantic’s Gates Community Center in Bar Harbor;
Aug. 16 at 7:30 pm on Aug. 16 at the Grand Auditorium in Ellsworth
$8 for children, $10 for students/seniors, and $12 for adults