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‘Hamlet’ performed in-the-round in Campus Black Box Theatre

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October 26, 2011

Georgia College actors will present Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” as it has never appeared before, courtesy of the Georgia College Department of Theatre.

Guests are invited to attend the debauched interactive wedding of Claudius and Gertrude seen through Hamlet’s eyes. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 12; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13; and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, and Wednesday, Nov. 16.

The performance is the first theatre-in-the-round in the Campus Black Box Theatre.

Director and Chair of the Department of Theatre Karen Berman adapted Shakespeare’s script.

"I am excited we have adapted the four-and-a-half-hour 'Hamlet' script into an action-packed two hours," Berman said. "I can't wait for the audience to attend this interactive wedding set in the art-nouveau, turn-of-the-century era with gorgeous costumes. As wedding guests, the audience will view the show through Hamlet's distorted vision that includes dance-like elements."

Senior theatre major Evan Fields portrays the lead role of Hamlet.

"I think that Dr. Berman's adaptations help the audience get some interesting insight about the characters and how Hamlet sees them in his mind," Fields said. "This is my dream role, and I have never been so pumped for a show in my life."

During the Elizabethan time period and until 1660 only men performed in the theater.

Georgia College’s “Hamlet” has 11 female roles including one woman who portrays Horatio, a male role.

“I've played a bird, a cat and dead –– but I've never been a man," senior theatre major Shirelle Ruddock said. “I spent weeks observing male behavior and their differences from women.”

The student actors are working with co-choreographers Scot and Kelly Mann from the Georgia Shakespeare Festival to ensure that the fight scene using real swords is as authentic as possible. Carolyn Cook, an actor with the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, is the students’ voice coach.

Three Georgia College faculty members also have roles in “Hamlet.” Myron Avila, an assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures; Caitlin Powell, an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology; and Jimmy Holder, part-time instructor in the Department of English and Rhetoric.

"I want the audience to come away choosing action versus inaction and life versus death," Berman said. "I want them to think about the idea of mental health and the fractures that life experiences can cause. I want the audience to choose hope over depression and suicide, and positive relationships over dysfunction.”

Tickets — General admission: $14; senior citizens, Georgia College faculty and staff: $10; Georgia College students: $5. Groups of 10 or more can get a discounted rate of $9 per ticket. Only 96 seats available each show. To purchase tickets in advance visit or call (478) 445-4226.

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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