— information provided by The People’s Shakespeare Project
This summer marks the 10th Anniversary of The People’s Shakespeare Project (TPSP). This milestone will be celebrated with performances of Shakespeare’s iconic play, Hamlet. All performances will be held at The Winter Center Alumni Amphitheatre behind The Winter Center for the Visual and Performing Arts on Millersville University’s campus, 60 W. Cottage Ave. For weather updates please call 717-872-0800 or check www.peoplesshakespeareproject.org
Performance dates are June 9 through 12 and June 16 through 19. Each evening begins at 6:45 with live musical entertainment from a variety of local groups – including jazz, bluegrass, and ukeleles. Performances begin at 7:30pm. The final Saturday performance, June 19, will be open-captioned. There is no ticket price, however there is a suggested donation of $10/adult and $5/student. The Millersville University food truck will be open for business at 6:30 before performances and during intermission. Audience seating is on the grassy, shaded and level lawn. Please bring picnics, lawn chairs and/or blankets. It’s a lovely spot with plenty of room, parking and bathrooms on site.
Hamlet is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest plays ever written. It is a story of a truly dysfunctional family. After Hamlet, Sr. dies, his brother, Claudius, quickly becomes king and marries the widowed queen, Gertrude. Hamlet returns from his studies to find his father dead and his mother re-married to his uncle. This is not a pretty picture! The action escalates when the ghost of Hamlet’s father appears to tell Hamlet that he was murdered at the hands of his brother. He demands vengeance that only his son can mete out.
TPSP is now in its tenth season offering free outdoor Shakespeare. These performances are made possible through a partnership with Millersville University’s Visual and Performing Arts, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and individual donors.
Laura Korach Howell, executive/artistic director of The Peoples Shakespeare Project, is a local Equity actress, teacher, director and roster artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She received her training at Circle-in-the-Square Theatre, The Actor’s Center (NYC) and Shakespeare & Co. (MA). Her passion for Shakespeare led her to found The People’s Shakespeare Project in 2006, a non-profit organization devoted to sharing the joys of Shakespeare through instruction and performance. She is joined this year by a cast of 12 actors.
For more for more information on the performances and TPSP, visit www.peoplesshakespeareproject.org