Danger, revenge and moral corruption in ‘Hamlet’
FOLSOM — “To be, or not to be — that is the question” addressed by the Tony Award-winning Acting Company as it brings its newest production, William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” to the Harris Center/Three Stages on Oct. 16.
Set in the Kingdom of Denmark, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet exacts for his father’s murder, setting him on a journey seeking his personal mortality. It vividly portrays overwhelming grief and rage while exploring themes of danger, revenge and moral corruption.
“Hamlet” is among Shakespeare’s most powerful and influential tragedies in English literature, one of Shakespeare’s most popular works during his lifetime and still ranking among his most performed. Exact dates are unknown, but scholars agree that Shakespeare published “Hamlet” between 1601 and 1603. Many believe that “Hamlet” is the best of Shakespeare’s work, and the perfect play, certainly one of his most well-known and oft-quoted plays.
Ian Belknap, The Acting Company’s artistic director, brings this masterpiece to life having previously directed The Acting Company’s “The Comedy of Errors” and John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.” He served as assistant to Doug Hughes on the company’s “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” selected as the 4th Best Play of the year by TIME Magazine.
Founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley in 1972, The Acting Company has garnered critical acclaim on a national scale through 138 productions and 40 seasons of classic, contemporary and new plays. Recipient of a Tony Award for Excellence in Theater, the company has won numerous awards for performance and education including Obies, Audelcos and the Los Angeles Critics Circle Award. Many of its alumni have achieved great success in the Broadway theater scene. Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, Cristin Milioti, Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, Harriet Harris, David Ogden Stiers, Keith David, Hamish Linklater and Jesse L. Martinare are but a handful of performers who began their careers on tour with The Acting Company.
The Acting Company’s “Hamlet” will be performed at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16. Tickets are priced at $21 to $34 with premium seats available for $45; Students with ID get in for $12. Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from Harris Center ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.