HAMLET The First Quarto by William Shakespeare
Direction by Karin Magaldi
Designs by Bruce Keller and Margaret Chapman
Performs Friday, May 20 through Saturday, May 28, 2011 in Lincoln Performance Hall
at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday performances
and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22
Low-cost Preview Thursday, May 19 at 7:30
A free conference about the play is scheduled for Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lincoln Performance Hall.
Hamlet, but not as we know it.
Since its rediscovery in 1823, the Q1 has proven puzzling to many. Half the length of the "canonical" versions of the Second Quarto (1604) and first Folio (1623) and significantly different in some of the most familiar speeches, the Q1 has often been labeled the "bad quarto" and therefore marginalized and too often ignored. However, recent scholarship has 'rediscovered' the Q1 yet again, and new thinking is reassessing not only the claims of it being a touring version and that it reflects Elizabethan performance practice, but also that it's deeper language structures reveal a keen intelligence behind the edits and scene arrangements.
As the editors of the third edition of the Arden Hamlet assess the Q1: "[This] is not the canonical Hamlet: it is a refreshing experience for actors and audiences who have become jaded with the longer texts; everything is at once familiar and oddly alien … it is Hamlet, but not as we know it."
PSU BOX OFFICE: 503-725-3307
Ticket Prices for Mainstage Productions:
*PSU Students: $10.00
*Students/Seniors/PSU Staff: $10.00
*Groups of 20 or more: $7.00
*Low-cost Preview: $6.00
(*Includes Service Charge)