Camargo, Epstein, Page Will Star in Hamlet on 42nd Street; Esbjornson Directs

News   Camargo, Epstein, Page Will Star in Hamlet on 42nd Street; Esbjornson Directs Theatre for a New Audience's new Off-Broadway production of Shakespeare's Hamlet, March 15-April 19, will feature All My Sons' Christian Camargo in the title role, with Alvin Epstein as Polonius, Patrick Page as Claudius, Alyssa Bresnahan as Gertrude, Graham Hamilton as Laertes and Jennifer Ikeda as Ophelia.
Christian Camargo
Christian Camargo

The David Esbjornson production will play The Duke on 42nd Street, a New 42nd Street project, on 229 West 42nd Street in Manhattan. Official opening is March 26.

Rounding out the acting company are Scott Drummond (Bernardo), Jonathan Fried (The Ghost), Sean Haberle (Marcellus), Tom Hammond (Horatio), John Christopher Jones (Gravedigger), Craig Pattison (Rosencrantz), Ryan Quinn (The Player Queen and Osiric), Robert Stattel (The Player King) and Richard Topol (Guildenstern).

TFANA's winter-spring Shakespeare season at The Duke begins with Othello, Feb. 14-March 7.

Jeffrey Horowitz, artistic director stated, "Theatre for a New Audience's cornerstone is Shakespeare. We're thrilled to be presenting two great tragedies each with full casts. Together these productions are employing a total of 29 Actors' Equity actors and stage managers. This is the first time we are producing Hamlet and the second time we have produced Othello. Both plays are particularly apt for our times. As, in our 2007 presentations of Marlowe's The Jew of Malta and Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, our 2009 Winter-Spring Shakespeare season is representative of our plans to produce major classic plays in relation to one another."

Camargo played the title role in Theatre for a New Audience's production of Coriolanus. He most recently appeared on Broadway in Arthur Miller's All My Sons directed by Simon McBurney and previously in David Hare's Skylight with Michael Gambon. Other appearances include London's Shakespeare's Globe with Mark Rylance and the Showtime drama, "Dexter," in which he played the role of Rudy Cooper. Bresnahan was in Off-Broadway's Necessary Targets and the RSC's Tantalus; Epstein starred in Broadway's The Threepenny Opera, A Kurt Weill Cabaret, Waiting for Godot and Off-Broadway's King Lear; Hamilton's Old Globe credits include All's Well That Ends Well and Romeo and Juliet; Ikeda was in TFANA's Coriolanus and Manhattan Theatre Club's Top Girls; Page starred in Broadway's A Man for All Seasons, Julius Caesar, The Lion King, The Kentucky Cycle and the tryout of the musical Dancing in the Dark.

Director Esbjornson was the artistic director of the Tony Award- winning Seattle Repertory Theatre. Other credits include Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the Delacorte; the Broadway productions of Edward Albee's Tony Award-winning play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? and Arthur Miller's Ride Down Mount Morgan. Off-Broadway, he staged the acclaimed revival of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart and at Classic Stage Company, where Esbjornson was artistic director, his productions included Thérese Raquin (OBIE for Direction), The Entertainer (Drama League nomination Best Revival) and Endgame (Drama Desk nomination Best Revival).

The Hamlet production team is Antje Ellermann (sets), Beth Clancy (costumes), Marcus Doshi (lights), Sven Ortel (projections), Jane Shaw (music and sound) and Cicely Berry and Andrew Wade (voice work).

Single tickets are $75. Tickets may be purchased in person during box office hours at The Duke on 42nd Street, 229 West 42nd Street, via the phone at (646) 223-3010 or online at www.dukeon42.org.