Presented in association with St. Ann's Warehouse, the Wooster Group's vision of Shakespeare's tragedy is described as "an archeological excursion into an icon of America's cultural past, Richard Burton's Hamlet. This legendary 1964 Broadway production was recorded in performance and shown as a film for two days only in 2000 U.S. movie houses," press notes state. "The idea of bringing a live theatre experience to thousands of simultaneous viewers in different cities was trumpeted as a new form called 'Theatrofilm.' The Group's Hamlet attempts to reverse this process, reconstructing a hypothetical theatre piece from the fragmentary evidence of the edited film, like an archeologist inferring an improbable temple from a collection of ruins. Channeling the ghost of the 1964 performance, the Group descends into a kind of madness, intentionally replacing its own spirit with the spirit of another."
Hamlet features Scott Shepherd in the title role, Kate Valk as Gertrude and Ophelia, Ari Fliakos as Claudius with Dominique Bousquet, Alessandro Magania, Daniel Pettrow, Bill Raymond, Casey Spooner (of Fischerspooner) and Judson Williams.
Other Wooster Group artists and associates contributing to the piece include Geoff Abbas, Ruud van den Akker, Zbigniew Bzymek, John Collins, Jim Dawson, Aron Deyo, Dan Dobson, Joby Emmons, Reid Farrington, Warren Fischer, Teresa Hartmann, Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck, Claudia Hill, Shaun Irons, Felix Ivanov, Bozkurt Karasu, Adam Kimmel, Gabe Maxson, Lauren Petty, Matt Schloss, Andrew Schneider, Natalie Thomas, Matt Tierney and Jennifer Tipton.
Originally scheduled to run through Nov. 18, the Public extended the limited engagement through Dec. 2 in order to accommodate ticket demand for the Wooster Group's Public Theater debut.
The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan. Tickets are available by calling (212) 539-8750 or by visiting www.publictheater.org. For further information visit www.thewoostergroup.org.