Quintessence Theatre Group launches its fourth season of progressive classic theatre with Shakespeare’s HAMLET presented in rotating repertory with Goldmsmith’s SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER, October 9 – November 23. Quintessence’s celebrated full throttle actor and text driven approach to the classics will be further enhanced by an Elizabethan Courtyard style staging, complete with groundlings, and a fast and furious two and a half hour abridgment of HAMLET.
Prince Hamlet returns from university to bury his father and attend the surprising and hasty marriage of his mother to his uncle. The ghost of his father visits the grieving Hamlet and reveals a mystery that could destroy not only his family, but the sovereignty of Denmark. Betrayed by family, lovers, and friends, Hamlet’s quest for truth and vengeance takes him and the audience, deeper into danger and the labyrinth of his own mind. Prepare to be thrilled by the legendary speeches and unstoppable force of Shakespeare’s great revenge tragedy as Artistic Director Alexander Burns presents a two-hour and a half hour cutting, destroying the myth of the “Man Who Could Not Make Up His Mind.”
Running Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes (including one fifteen minute intermission)
CREATING A COURTYARD THEATRE IN PHILADELPHIA
Inspired by Michael Boyd, the emeritus Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company in England, Quintessence will continue to test the limits of the theatrical medium by reformatting the Sedgwick Theater into a Courtyard style theater, established when the courtyard’s of Elizabethan inn’s were used as performance venues, for its fall repertory. At the Sedgwick the seated audience will be placed on elevated risers around the central stage, allowing the audience to look down on the action in the yard below. With an eye toward removing the “fourth wall” and further engaging the audience in the theatrical event, the remainder of the audience will stand in the “pit” around the stage platform and be encouraged to interact with the production, much like the groundlings at Shakespeare’s Globe. $10 Groundling tickets will be available for all performances.
THE REPERTORY ENSEMBLE
Following his celebrated performance as Iago in last season’s OTHELLO, Quintessence ensemble member Josh Carpenter* will lead the fall repertory as Hamlet. He will be joined by Quintessence regulars Daniel Fredrick as Rosencrantz (Poprishchin in THE DIARY OF A MADMAN), Rachel Brodeur as Ophelia (Nina in THE SEAGULL), Sean Bradley as Laertes (The Guard in ANTIGONE, Bassanio in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE) and Alexander Harvey as Guildenstern (Emilia in OTHELLO). Quintessence is also excited to welcome the return of E. Ashley Izard as Gertrude, Sonja Field as the Player Queen, Matt Lorenz as Horatio and Griffin Stanton-Ameisen as Fortinbras. They will be joined by John Preston* as Polonius , and Ralph Edmonds* as Claudius, both making their Quintessence debuts.
HAMLET plays October 9 – November 23.
A special PAY WHAT YOU CAN preview will be presented on Wednesday, October 9 at 7:00pm. Reserve your tickets today by clicking here.
Post-show discussions with the cast and director will take place on Thursday, October 24 and Sunday, November 10.
Performances take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm. There will also be two special Saturday matinees at 2pm. Please check the repertory performance schedule for exact performance times and dates.
Hamlet runs approximately 2 hours and 40, minutes with one 15 minute intermission.
Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for youth (21 and under) and $10 for Groundling tickets (standing room).
To purchase tickets for HAMLET click here or call 1.215.987.4450.
Wednesday, October 9 at 7pm Pay-What-You-Can Preview
Thursday, October 10 at 7pm Preview
Friday, October 11 at 8pm Preview
Saturday, October 12 at 8pm Opening Night
Wednesday, October 16 at 7pm
Saturday, October 19 at 8pm
Sunday, October 20 at 3pm
Thursday, October 24 at 7pm Post Show Discussion
Sunday, October 27 at 3pm
Friday, November 1 at 8pm
Saturday, November 2 at 2pm
Saturday, November 9 at 8pm
Sunday, November 10 at 3pm Post Show Discussion
Thursday, November 14 at 7pm
Friday, November 15 at 8pm
Sunday, November 17 at 3pm
Wednesday, November 20 at 7pm
Saturday, November 23 at 8pm