Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Something for Nothing Presents Shakespeare's Hamlet
Shake out your picnic blankets for a night of Shakespeare under the stars! Something for Nothing Theater returns to Ramsey Park with William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Marking the company’s third annual production of a community-friendly Shakespearean play at Ramsey Park, Hamlet will be performed with minimal props, costumes, and lighting, focusing on storytelling and the rich language of Shakespeare. Performed by a cast of 9 actors, featuring Jon Cook as Hamlet, Hamlet concludes at a brisk two hours.
Considered one of the most influential and compelling dramas in English literature, Hamlet tells the story of a young prince, Hamlet, who is prompted by his father’s ghost to seek revenge on his uncle, Claudius, his father’s murderer and successor to the throne of Denmark. Hamlet decides to feign madness to avert detection by his uncle. Uncertain of the Ghost’s authenticity, Hamlet organizes a play to discover the conscience of his uncle, King Claudius. Fearful of his nephew’s intentions, King Claudius incites Laertes, the son of his advisor, Polonius, to a fencing match with Hamlet. Laertes, who is convinced that Hamlet is responsible for the deaths of his father and his sister Ophelia, puts lethal poison on his sword before the fight. In the final moments of the play, fate decides the destiny of all concerned.
Ramsey Park Picnic Pavilion
4301 N. Rosedale Ave., Austin, TX 78756
June 5-7, 2014
Show Starts at 8:00 p.m.
All shows are free and open to the public.