Darkly Comic Hamlet in Bed Opens Downtown Tonight | Playbill

News Darkly Comic Hamlet in Bed Opens Downtown Tonight Rattlestick Playwrights Theater kicks off its 2015-16 season Sept. 17 with the official opening of the world premiere of Michael Laurence's Hamlet in Bed, billed as a "twisty and darkly comic story" about an actor obsessed with two things: finding his real mother and playing the title character in Hamlet.

Directed by Lisa Patterson, the story follows Michael (played by Laurence), a neurotic actor and adoptee, desperate to find and meet his real mother. He tracks down a woman who may just be her, played by Annette O'Toole, and lures her into a dark production of Hamlet, in the role of his mother.

Michael Laurence and Annette O’Toole
Michael Laurence and Annette O’Toole Photo by Tristan Fuge

The production, which began previews Aug. 28, is running through Oct. 25.

The dark comedy is described as a play "about mothers and sons -- about what it means to live a life in the theatre, both a generation ago, and now."

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Rattlestick or phone OvationTix on (866) 811-4111. Rattlestick Playwrights is located at 224 Waverly Place, Manhattan. 

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