April 24, 2018

I’ve always approached any of Shakespeare’s characters that I have the honor to play, with an open mind and blank canvas. Preparing Claudius was certainly no exception, but came with some new discoveries.

Now, I always begin my process with characterization in the exter...

April 20, 2018

One of the many things I enjoy about acting, is the opportunity to meet and learn from other actors, and the cast of Hamlet has been amazing! Each actor has a different approach, and a different energy in bringing their characters to life.

I was never formally trained i...

April 20, 2018

A few thoughts on the character of Horatio

The name Horatio bears a striking resemblance to Orator, which in latin means speaker. We see the charge a couple times from Hamlet at the end of the play—for Horatio to tell his (Hamlet’s) story. And then the play ends quite s...

April 20, 2018

First Experience of Hamlet?

My first experience with Hamlet was middle school, where I found a stack of the old Illustrated Classics. These were comic books. I recall MacBeth, King Lear, Richard iii, and Henry V,  had the better parts of the text with comic book illustr...

April 16, 2018

Hi there. My name is Ophelia. I’m glad you’re here with me today.

We have a small yet vibrant garden here in Elsinore, and even in the off season I have plenty of flowers and herbs to tend. In this lesson today, I will discuss a few particular plants I, personally, hold...

April 10, 2018

How Old Is Hamlet?

            Shakespeare rarely gives an exact age for his characters, probably for the same reason he usually refrains from giving them specific physical descriptions, as a practical consideration to make the roles playable by a variety of actors. Whe...

April 2, 2018

One of my favorite – and one of the most challenging – aspects of working with Pigeon Creek is their practice of doubling which, for those who might not know, is having one actor play multiple characters. I really enjoy the unique challenges it presents, despite the st...

March 24, 2018

 A cordial invitation to the characters of the play. If your names be

Marcellus,  Player  Queen,  Sailer  and  Fortinbras  as  I  am  let  to  know  it

is.

Marcellus,

We are extending an invitation to you as a Liegemen...