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ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD

October 24 - November 11, 2018

A winner of both a Tony Award and a NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, Stoppard pens the events of William Shakespeare's Hamlet in a dark comedic fashion from the points of view of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, childhood friends of Hamlet himself. We follow the misadventures and musings of our two heroes as they unwittingly lead themselves to their own deaths by forces they are unable to comprehend. Director Gwen Overland chose to create the play’s setting in the future, in a chaotic world turned topsy-turvy after a series of natural disasters including wildfires, floods, tropical storms and hurricanes. “The parallels between Tom Stoppard’s worldview some 50 years ago and Hamlet’s world of 14th century Denmark are uncanny. Not unlike our own 21st century, everything feels as if it’s been turned upside down and inside out - ecologically, politically, and morally. So much so we’ve lost our bearings. Like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, we often can neither remember what it is we’re supposed to do, nor how we can find our way back home.” Overland continues, “This is where humor, hope, and imagination have no choice but to come to the rescue. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is after all a comedy, albeit dark--but a comedy nonetheless. The thematic values this play holds as important are those of friendship, community, the joyful expression of hard work and easy play, and most of all, living in the hope that the struggle even in and of itself is meaning enough to sustain one’s soul.”

This fabulously inventive tale, acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, leads through a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to their tragic but inevitable end. This Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy will leave you laughing and have you pondering the very nature of the world with Tom Stoppard's sharp dialogue, introspective humor, and philosophical digressions.

Tickets: $20 - $34

Special Performances:

  • Pay-What-You-Can, Wednesday, October 24th
  • Preview, Thursday, October 25th
  • Opening Night, Friday, October 26th
  • Benefit Night for OSF Rising, NEW DATE - Wednesday, November 7th

 

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