Hamlettes by Patrick Shaw
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.