Come experience this classic Shakespearean tale in a brand new light, as KWLT presents a gender-swapped version of Hamlet!
Imagine Hamlet as a young woman. What if Ophelia were male? Polonius an old woman? Gertrude a fickle man, and Claudius a scheming adulterous female? Would we feel differently about the characters? See and experience a familiar story in new ways. It’s Hamlet, reversed.
April 16, 17, 18 8PM
April 23, 24, 25 8PM
April 30; May 1, 2 8PM
NOTE: Location address updated to the CEI studio space, rather than their admin office.
Suicide, incest, murder, guilt, grief, mortality and unrequited love; Hamlet is poem unlimited. Neither constrained by time nor the tropes of tragedy, Hamlet has evolved into secular scripture, and in it can be found all these things and more. Need it be constrained as well by gender roles? Women have played the title role before, but never have they played Hamlet as a young woman. What if Ophelia were male? Polonius an old woman? Gertrude a fickle man, and Claudius a scheming adulterous female? Would we feel differently about the characters? Would it change our preconceptions? In this production you will see and experience a familiar story in a brand new light. It’s Hamlet, reversed.
Princess Elizabeth is like any other Princess, living the high life and dreaming about her prince, Ronald. One day, a dragon arrives who destroys her castle, kidnaps Ronald, and burns all of her clothes. Left with a paper bag to wear and a trail of bones to find where the dragon went, Elizabeth sets off to outsmart the dragon and win her prince back. The entire family can enjoy this musical adaptation of Robert Munsch's award-winning children's book.