Hamlet is the most studied, most performed, and most adapted of Shakespeare’s plays by far, possibly of any play ever. There are many explanations for the centuries of popularity, but in the end it comes down to the fact that Shakespeare managed to somehow pack all the ambiguity, complexity and messiness of real life into a story, without losing the narrative structure and focus a story requires. The play deals in grand, universal themes: coping with loss and betrayal, the need to know the truth, the complexity of human desire, the parent-child relationship — and it examines those themes in human sized form. Come see a 90-minute production presented by The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia, and participate in a post-performance discussion about why Hamlet matters to you and why we should continue to share the play with younger generations.
The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre designed this 90-minute professional production of Hamlet to tour schools, universities, and community centers. Following a successful school tour run, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre is excited to present Hamlet for one night only at The Free Library of Philadelphia.
Directed by Carmen Khan
Carmen Khan — Director
Carmen Khan is the Founder and Artistic/Executive Director of The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre. Carmen holds a Bachelor of Education from The University of London, and an MFA in Acting from The Catholic University of America. For seven years she was a company member of the esteemed Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth, TX, where she worked as an actor, dancer, and mime in over 26 productions. Khan was the co-founder of The Laughing Stock Theatre, an all-comedy theatre, and Artistic Director of The Red Heel Theatre, which was devoted to the little-known classics of the Jacobean era, both in Philadelphia. She has produced over fifty Shakespeare plays and directed over twenty.
Gertrude / Ensemble — Favorite Roles include: Laura in The Glass Menagerie (Steel River Playhouse), Ophelia/Nurse in Hamletmachine/Medeaplays (Underground Arts), Rosalind in As You Like It (Lafayette Salon Series/NYC), Honey in 365 Days/Plays (Filament Theatre Co./LA), Juliet in Farewell Juliet (Santa Monica Playhouse/LA), Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Haverford School), Juliet in Romeo & Juliet (Ensemble Theatre Community School), and Mary Warren in The Crucible (Forge Theatre). Internet T.V. Series Credits Include: Jenny in 30 Days of Night: Blood Trails, Miss Dewitt in Prom Queen.
Hamlet / Ensemble — Josh is a graduate from Temple University’s BA Theatre program. Not long after graduating he appeared as Berowne in The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost. Since then he has played Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew, Sebastian in Twelfth Night, and Malcom in Macbeth. Most recently Josh appeared in Tribe of Fools’ 2016 FringeArts production of Anti Hero, a superhero stunt spectacular. Josh also plies his trade as a Fight Director collaborating so far with: Act II Playhouse, Mauckingbird Theatre Co., ASAP, and Temple Theatres.
Polonius / Ensemble — Aaron is a professional actor and teaching artist based in Philadelphia. Previous appearances with The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre include: Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Snout/Wall in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Ensemble in Kill Will. Aaron would like to give thanks to Carmen Khan, the production team, and the executive staff for all their dedication, hard work, and passion.
Ophelia / Ensemble — Jenna is an actor, director, singer, and teaching artist. She has been seen at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre in The Taming of the Shrew (Katherina), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), Henry V (Nym), Twelfth Night (Maria), and Macbeth (Ensemble). Other selected recent credits include: Birdie’s Pit Stop (Jax) in the Philly FringeArts Festival, Urinetown (Ensemble) with 11th Hour Theatre Company, and ‘Till Birnam Wood (Second Witch/Ross) in the NYC International Fringe Festival.
Horatio / Ensemble — Ned is extremely excited to be making his debut with The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre as Horatio. Regional Theatre credits include: Tommy and Me (Theatre Exile); Shakespeare in Song (Delaware Shakespeare Festival); Dracula, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hedgerow); Liberty to go to see (New Freedom Theatre); The Tempest (CCTC); A Great War, Runaway Soldier and a Snowball Fight (Iron Age Theatre Company). Ned is an Artistic Ambassador for New Freedom Theatre and is a member of the Diversity Committee for Theatre Philadelphia.
Claudius / Ensemble — (SAG-AFTRA) THEATRE: The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre: Macduff in Macbeth, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew; Shakespeare Theatre Company: Curan & Knight in King Lear; Bates & Grey in Henry V; Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing. Washington National Opera/Kennedy Center: Don Giovanni. FILM: King Lear as Duke of Cornwall. STUNT/FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER: King Lear film. A Comedy of Errors. TEACHING: Adjunct professor of acting and stage combat at Stevenson University. TRAINING: MFA from George Washington University’s Academy for Classical Acting. BFA from UCLA in Acting.
Presented in partnership with The Free Library of Philadelphia:
General admission: $15 per ticket*
The performance begins at 7pm and runs approximately 90 minutes. Following the performance, patrons can participate in a talkback discussion with the actors, director, and our Shakespeare-Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Annalisa Castaldo.
Please note: There is no late seating policy. Give yourself plenty of time to park and walk to The Free Library of Philadelphia.
All ticket sales are final – there are NO refunds or returns.
*Tickets purchased online and over the phone will incur a small convenience fee.
Metered street parking is available, as well as nearby garages and lots. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to curtain to ensure you have enough time to get to your seat. No Late Seating will be permitted. Please take into account heavy traffic in the city when planning your evening.