Philippa Kelly, resident dramaturg for Cal Shakes and production dramaturg for Hamlet, shares her thoughts on the current production, and invites your questions. Hamlet runs September 19–October 14, 2012.
“What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god—the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!” Shakespeare’s Hamlet apprehends the soaring heights to which human reason and imagination can aspire. He displays a character of enormous depth and range (as well as outlandish humor). Hamlet suggests that he feels the complex effects of his political and personal situation; and yet struggles (as do we all, in different degrees) to understand the forms that this feeling should take. And he apprehends, all too keenly, the depths of depravity to which humans can sink. When all is said and done, what is this creature, humankind, other than a quintessence of dust?
Are you going to see our production of Hamlet? Do you have questions or comments about the production’s music, cast, themes, creative choices, or anything else? Please leave them in the comments, and I’ll be sure to respond.