By Michael Gioia
15 Oct 2013
Played in repertory and with four actors — Ted Lewis, Tom O’Keefe, Andrus Nichols and Eric Tucker — Hamlet and Saint Joan are described as "boldly theatrical, stripped down, immersive productions of classic plays by one of America's most innovative downtown theatre companies."
Playing at the Lynn Redgrave Theatre in NYC (formerly the 45 Bleeker Street Theatre), Saint Joan will begin performances Nov. 8, prior to an official opening Nov. 14. Hamlet will begin Nov. 15 towards a Nov. 19 opening.
Here's how Hamlet is billed: "In this quintessential Shakespearean drama, Hamlet's halting pursuit of revenge for his father's death unfolds in a series of highly charged confrontations that climax in tragedy."
Here's how Saint Joan is billed: "Saint Joan is based on the life and trial of Joan of Arc. Fascinated by the story of Joan of Arc (canonized in 1920), George Bernard Shaw presents a realistic portrayal of Joan: proud, intolerant, naïve, foolhardy, always brave-a rebel who challenged the conventions and values of her day."
John McDermott will design sets.
Bedlam is a company "committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience." The Bedlam productions of Hamlet and Saint Joan played in repertory at the Access Theatre in NYC from Feb. 7–April 7 and will play at the Olney Center in Montgomery County, MD, Sept. 4–Oct. 20.