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All-female Cast Undertakes Iconic Shakespearean Tragedy

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Fort Wayne artist, Nicole Welsh addresses the tragedy's sinister and deadly plot in this classic manner.

Shakespeare's "Hamlet" is one of the most frequently read and performed of all dramatic works.

And beginning this weekend, First Presbyterian Theater's new production of it, featuring an all-female cast, gives the bard's iconic revenge tragedy a fresh, new edge and voice. 

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Halee Bandt, as Hamlet, addresses Claudius, played by Kate Black.

The play's director, Thom Hoffrichter, has chosen a timeless setting and simple wardrobe for the drama, and believes that the most important part is hearing the words spoken in a way that is truthful, conveys the brilliance of the storytelling, and connects with the audience.

For a look behind the scenes, WBOI's Julia Meek invited Halee Bandt and Kate Black, the production's Hamlet and Claudius, into the studio to learn the intricacies involved in utilizing this role reversal within the story's dramatic framework, and the satisfaction it will be delivering to actors, and audience alike.

Event Information:

Shakespeare's Hamlet @ First Presbyterian Theater, Fort Wayne
Thursday-Saturday, March 1st-3rd, 
Fridays & Saturdays, March 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th
7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 11th
2:00 p.m.

For ticket information, visit the First Presbyterian Church website.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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