Department of Theatre Presents the Hamlet-inspired Hamletmachine

Fine Arts,

The Theatre Department at Lake Erie College will present an exciting avant-garde performance based upon the writings of William Shakespeare entitled Hamletmachine. The script is by famed East German writer Heiner Muller and will be directed by Associate Professor of Theatre Dr. Jerry Jaffe. The performances will take place April 4, 5, and 6 at 7:30 p.m. with a special midnight showing Friday April 5 and a matinee April 7 at 2:00 p.m. All performances take place C.K. Rickel Theatre in the Royce Hall of Fine and Performing Arts.

In 1973 Muller was working on a German adaptation of Hamlet when he began to notice similarities between the political situation in the play and in the life of 1973 East Germany. Productions ever since have embraced the mandate to explore the politics of their time. For example, Professor Jaffe, points out that “East Berlin was known for its wall and today people keep debating the role of a wall on our southern border.” Through highly theatrical and experimental techniques, the play presents characters from Hamlet commenting upon America in 2019. Jaffe also points out how Ophelia’s mistreatment seems to resonate with the #metoo movement. He guarantees that President Trump will make an appearance to further reflect current day.

Cast members include Lake Erie College students Cameron Searight, Deja Wilson and Gabriela Peters, as well as LEC alum Jamie Kuta and community based actor Gaz Simmons. The cast works as an ensemble and everyone has a big role to play. It is Searight’s first time being in a play, and he says “I’m really in it, for my first play to do something so creative and weird!” In addition to the main ensemble, there is also going to be a fully realized dance number, choreographed by LEC adjunct Tom Evert, from DANCEVERT. The dance include Peters and Kuta as well as Sabrina Jaffe, Alexis Fender, and Bee Geisinge. The dance will include live piano music by LEC student Ellie Barthol and saxophone played by LEC faculty member Brian Bradshaw. The Stage Manager is LEC student Laura Roseum.  The lights are designed by LEC alum Matt Sucre with a set design by Steve Fielder. The technical director is LEC alum Julie Harter.

Tickets for the event are $5 for community members and free for all Lake Erie College students and staff. No reservations are necessary. For more information, call the Lake Erie College Fine Arts Department of Theatre office at 440.375.7451.

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