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Theatre Studio Series presents ‘Hamlet Redux’

February 1, 2013

Photo of a castle in DenmarkWith its fifth production of the 2012-2013 Studio Series season of plays, the NIU School of Theatre and Dance will present a new take on a classic tale with “Hamlet Redux,” a story of political intrigue and one man’s battle with personal demons.

Written by William Shakespeare, the adapted play will run from Wednesday, Feb. 13, through Sunday, Feb. 17, and will stage in the Stevens Building Corner Theatre on the NIU campus.

War and relationships, both political and personal, are at the forefront of “Hamlet Redux.”

Set in Denmark during the 1940s, Hamlet experiences an industrial, rigid world where there is more to people than simply “good” or “bad.”

“It is a military nation where everyone is quite paranoid and controlled by the government with propaganda,” said stage manager TC Fair.

Director Stanton Davis said Hamlet’s world isn’t always safe.

Stanton Davis

Stanton Davis

“To me, it is a very political world where it is very dangerous for people,” Davis said. “I don’t see anyone as a bad guy. It’s a tragedy for everyone.”

Davis said that a full production of Hamlet runs about five hours. This staged version has been cut to two hours, by eliminating peripheral storylines and focusing on what most people understand as the actual tragedy of Hamlet. As the war wages on, Hamlet must face an inner battle of his own.

Although “Hamlet Redux” has been pared down, Fair said all of the classic text and scenes are still present, including sword fights, stage combat and plenty of drama.

Weekday and Saturday show times begin at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will be held February 16 and 17 at 2 p.m.

Tickets for “Hamlet Redux” are $6 and can only be purchased at the School of Theatre and Dance box office one hour before performances. Additional information is available by contacting the box office from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 2 p.m. Friday, at (815) 753-1600 or email [email protected].