Bedlam follows up it's critically acclaimed revival of Shaw's Saint Joan (named 2012's Best Revival of A Play by The Wall Street Journal and called "a production to be treasured" by The New York Times) with Hamlet. In this bold, environmental staging directed by Eric Tucker, Shakespeare's classic drama is performed by an ensemble of only four actors. Previews for this limited run Off-Broadway engagement begin February 8th at Access Theatre with opening night set for Sunday, February 17th.
Set in Denmark, Hamlet dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts on his uncle for murdering his father, marrying his mother, and succeeding to the throne. The play vividly portrays both true and feigned madness as it explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.
The cast of Hamlet reunites all four actors who earned critical praise for Saint Joan: Andrus Nichols, Tom O'Keefe, Ted Lewis, and Eric Tucker. The production team includes Heather Arnson (stage manager) and Samantha Steinmetz (assistant stage manager).
In addition to Sain Joan, Eric Tucker's directing credits include Hamlet starring William Hurt, Macbeth (nominated for Best Overall Production and Best Direction by LA Weekly), Pinter's Mirror (Berkshire Theatre Critics Top 10 Director and Production of the Year, 2009) at Shakespeare & Company; and Belle of Belfast at The Cherry Lane. Tucker received his MFA from Trinity Rep Conservatory, and is founder of the Trinity Shakespeare Summer Project.
Bedlam is a company committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience. With large ideas and modest budgets, the company creates theatre in flexible, raw spaces that always includes the audience. The company believes that innovative use of space can bring the audience into direct contact with the dangers and delicacies of life--inciting laughter and chaos, exciting thinking and recreating the thrill of lived experience.
HAMLET runs February 8 - April 7, Monday & Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm & Sunday at 3pm. Access Theatre is located at 380 Broadway at White Street -- three blocks south of Canal, accessible from the A/C/E, N/R/Q, 6, J/M/Z subway lines at Canal. Tickets are $30 available at 866-811-4111 or www.theatreBEDLAM.org.