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Hamlet Un-Cut Opens at American Theatre of Actors January 25th
Alvin Puentevella and The American Theatre of Actors (ATA) will present the original version of William Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece Hamlet at the ATA’s Chernuchin Theatre from January 25th thru February 12th. The production is directed by ATA artistic director James Jennings and will be done in full Renaissance costume. Featured in the cast are Thomas Leverton as Hamlet and Jessica Jennings as Ophelia with W. Griffith Barker, Vincent Bivona, Jane Culley*, Sergio Diaz, Garrett Dill, Armand Eisen, William Greville, John Paul Harkins, Alan Hasnas, Vincent Iannuzzi, Jason Morris, and Chris Spurrier. *Appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity.
Considered one of the most powerful tragedies in the English language, Hamlet is also widely regarded as both the best of Shakespeare’s work and “the perfect play”. Set in the kingdom of Denmark, the play’s hero, Prince Hamlet, is compelled to exact revenge on his Uncle Claudius for both the murder of his father, King Hamlet and his Uncle’s subsequent succession to the throne and marriage to Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. Guilty of his nephew’s accusations and fearful of his intent, Claudius eventually manipulates Laertes, the son of his ally Polonius, into a lethal fencing match with Hamlet by leading him to believe that Hamlet murdered Polonius. Laertes also believes that Hamlet was responsible for the death of his sister Ophelia who committed suicide in a state of madness and grief for her love of Hamlet. A duel between Hamlet and Laertes takes place deciding the fates of all concerned.
Speculated as having first been published in the early 1600s, Hamlet has been the inspiration for other eminent works by authors such as Henry Fielding (Tom Jones), Charles Dickens (Great Expectations) and James Joyce (Ulysses). A long series of great actors have interpreted the role of Hamlet, some of whom include Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Ralph Fiennes and Jude Law.
Director James Jennings has produced and directed the entire canon of Shakespeare’s plays at The American Theatre of actors including Pericles, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Cymbeline, Henry VIII and a recent critically acclaimed production of The Taming of The Shrew. He has also directed Harvey Keitel in The Fly Killer and The Funeral at the Actor’s Studio and Dan Lauria in Blood Money for which he received a Jean Dalrymple Award. His own play, My Father’s House was presented off Broadway and starred Henderson Forsythe.
The purpose of The American Theatre of Actors is to promote the development of new playwrights, directors and actors and provide them with creative atmosphere to work without the pressures of commercial theatre. Founded by James Jennings 35 years ago, more than 900 new works have been presented by ATA. Dennis Quaid, Bruce Willis, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Spacey and Edie Falco are numbered among the 9000 actors who have worked there.
Hamlet takes place at The American Theatre of Actors in the Chernuchin Theatre (314 W. 54th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues) from Wednesday, January 25th thru Sunday, February 12th. Evening performances are Wed. Jan. 25 thru Sat. Jan. 28, Wed. Feb. 1 thru Sat. Feb. 4 and Wed. Feb. 8 thru Sat. Feb. 11 at 7:30PM. NO PERFORMANCES ON THURSDAYS FEB. 2 & 9. Sunday matinees on Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 at 3PM. Tickets are $18. For tickets and information call Smarttix at (212) 868-4444 or online at www.smarttix.com. For further information go to www.americantheatreofactors.org.