Middle school Shakespeare enthusiasts Alexandra and Chloe decide to start a theater club, and Hamlet will be their first project. Bossy Alexandra will play Hamlet (obviously), which leaves aspiring actress Chloe with every other character. Not interested in playing Hamlet’s spurned love interest, Chloe enlists an innocent classmate, conveniently named Ophelia, to play her namesake. Deciding to never break character as an “exercise,” the girls’ vague romances and less vague resentments cause their adolescent drama to spiral dangerously out of control. This relatable play is equal parts hilarious satire and heartbreaking drama about the traumas of preadolescent emotional chaos.
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.
We will be performing Hamlettes this summer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on August 14-17. Traveling to Scotland this August? For tickets from the venue, visit www.centralvenues.org.
We will also be performing Hamlettes in New Jersey in late July or early August. Dates TBA.
Truth is noht in what happens but what it tells us about who we are. Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all. — Neil Gaiman
The American High School Theatre Festival chose Fellowship of the Ravens as one of the top programs nationally, inviting us to perform a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August of 2014. We commissioned a new work, Where to Begin, for the occasion.
Our original play, Where to Begin, is a story about telling stories in a world that doesn’t abide them. Eleanor, Joel, and Sadie are three very different heroes wrestling with being very different. Having reached an impasse in their respective journeys, they are called upon by a well-meaning Scribe to relate their stories so far. Unconvinced by the narratives written for the heroes, the Scribe asks instead for the truth — THEIR truth. This ensemble-based piece represents the experiences, rather than the symptoms, of teenage mental health issues by folding in elements of fantasy and storytelling.
The show was performed in New York City; Robbinsville, NJ; and Edinburgh, Scotland during the summer of 2014. In a review on the Fringe website, one audience member said, “There is more wit and insight into adolescent mental health than you might find in a dozen symposia by mental health professional. What this young company of high school students lack in experience they more than make up for in imagination and a surprisingly clear perspective on complex issues. An uplifting hour of theatre from a gifted cast.”
Where to Begin is written by Katrina Day — actor, writer, and the founder and HBIC of the Tumblr blog Lady Parts. Recent acting credits include The Cherry Orchard with Columbia Stages (Anya), Odd.A.See with the Exquisite Corpse Company (Polites), Yahweh’s Follies at Ars Nova (PJ) and Julius Caesar with The Oracular Theatre (Portia/Young Cato).
Her plays have been performed at The Secret Theatre, Theater for the New City, Stage Left Studio, Theatre 80 St. Marks, LaMama, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Katrina is a graduate of NYU Tisch and a proud member of the Brooklyn based integrated arts collective, Exquisite Corpse Company. For updates and info, check out her website.
These photographs were taken during a production of Where To Begin and behind the scenes.
Fellowship of the Ravens Inc is a non-profit theatre troupe from Robbinsville, NJ, educating high school students in theatre production and performance. These extraordinarily talented teenagers strive to bring the benefits of theatre to their own lives and those of their community.