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The Hartt School presents William Shakespeare’s great tragedy Hamlet Thursday, February 23, and Friday, February 24, at 7:30 PM; Saturday, February 25, at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM; and Sunday, February 26, at 3:00 PM.  Performances are in the Kent McCray Theater at the Mort and Irma Handel Performing Arts Center, 35 Westbourne Parkway, Hartford.  Please call the University Box Office at 860.768.4228 or 800.274.8587 or visit www.hartford.edu/hartt for tickets and up-to-date scheduling information for all performances.  Admission is $20 with discounts for seniors, students, and groups.

This great Shakespearean tragedy tells the story of revenge, loyalty, and fate.  After Hamlet’s uncle Claudius marries his mother Gertrude, Hamlet fears Claudius has murdered his father, the former King of Denmark.  Hamlet soon becomes obsessed with this idea that his father was murdered and his mother was unfaithful.  Hamlet’s obsession results in pain and death for those closest to him. 

Hamlet is directed by former Hartt Dean and University Professor Malcolm Morrison, with incidental music by Hartt Composition student Jesse Brown.

Hartt students performing in Hamlet include Mark Ford of Okotoks, AB, Canada, as Hamlet; Tim Rizzo of North Kingston, RI, as the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father; Thomas Rash of Rockport, MA, as Claudius, King of Denmark; Sal Zullo of Bronx, NY, as Polonius, King Claudius’ Councilor; Alex Saffer of Bronx, NY, as Laertes, son of Polonius; Nick Giuliani of Tampa, FL, as Horatio; Charles South of Pembroke Pines, FL, as Rosencrantz; Jayce Johnson of Las Vegas, NV, as Guildenstern; Donny Gersonde of Coronado, CA, as Bernardo, sentinel/Player; David Raposo of Dartmouth, MA, as Francisco, sentinel/Player; Michael O’Brien of Hyde Park, MA, as Marcellus, sentinel/Player; Zach Bencal of Londonderry, NH, as Osric, a courtier; Ben Cole of Charlottesville, VA, as Gravedigger and Fortinbras; Michael Baskowski of Holliston, MA, as the Second Clown; Steven Grant of Wausau, WI, as the Priest; Morgan Hammel of Hollywood, FL, as Gertrude, Queen of Denmark; Sophia Watt of Seattle, WA, as Ophelia, daughter of Polonius; Annie Bradford of Kalamazoo, MI, and Alana Fallis of Happauge, NY, as Gentlewomen; and the male ensemble of Patton Chandler of Huntsville, AL; Bobby Godas of Farmingdale, NY; Julian Sarria of Melville, NY.

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