"Hamlet" - Writers' Theatre

"Hamlet" - Writers' Theatre

Writers’ Theatre announces casting for


by William Shakespeare

directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam 

Cast features Scott Parkinson in the title role
with Shannon Cochran, Michael Canavan, Timothy Edward Kane,
Larry YandoRoss LehmanKareem BandealyLiesel Matthews,
Julian ParkerWitold Huzior and Billy Fenderson 

September 4 – November 11, 2012 

Glencoe, IL– Writers’ Theatre opens its 21st Season with William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Artistic DirectorMichael Halberstam, and featuring Scott Parkinson (Hamlet), Shannon Cochran (Gertrude), Michael Canavan(Claudius), Timothy Edward Kane (Laertes), Larry Yando (Ghost and As Cast), Ross Lehman (Polonius), Kareem Bandealy (Horatio), Liesel Matthews (Ophelia), Julian Parker (Rosencrantz), Witold Huzior (Fortinbras) and Billy Fenderson (Guildenstern).  The production runs September 4 – November 11, 2012 at Writers’ Theatre, 325 Tudor Court in Glencoe. The press opening is September 13, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

The king is dead—murdered by his own brother, who has claimed the throne and the widowed queen.  And the world goes on…but the Prince cannot.  Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy is equal parts ghost story, political intrigue, doomed romance and murder mystery, driven by one of literature’s most intriguing, enigmatic and controversial characters.

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam stages this masterwork of literature on the most intimate of stages, exploring the tortured genius of Prince Hamlet in a theatrical experience that is not to be missed.

“The impetus for staging any of Shakespeare's masterworks must initiate with the casting. The desire to bring Scott Parkinson's Dane to the stage has proved to be a formidable rallying point and Writers' Theatre has subsequently assembled an ensemble of actors that truly articulates the full breadth and sophistication of the Chicago acting community. From fresh voices to experienced veterans, this cast commands respect, demands attention and inspires the imagination,” says director Michael Halberstam.

Writers' Theatre season ticket packages provide a convenient theatergoing experience and guarantees access to all of Writers' highly-anticipated productions throughout the season.  Four and five play Subscription packages are available, ranging in price from $195 - $275.  A five play membership provides ultimate flexibility for $250.

Subscribers and Members receive exclusive benefits including free ticket exchanges by phone, mail and fax, show reminders by email before each scheduled performance, a one-year subscription to The Brief Chronicle newsmagazine and more.  For a complete list of benefits visit writerstheatre.org.

Single tickets for Hamlet will go on sale July 17, 2012.  Tickets range from $35 - $70 – purchase early for best prices.

Subscriptions and Memberships are available at the Box Office, 376 Park Avenue, Glencoe, 847-242-6000 and writerstheatre.org.

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