TAM’s Shakespeare in Maine Communities tour of Hamlet will play statewide at schools and performing arts centers October 22 through November 9, 2012. Seven actors take on this murder/revenge tragedy of a court in crisis and a young man at a crossroads, replete with ghosts, swordplay, and betrayal, in a tense and passionate 90 minutes.

TAM has provided literature-based education programs in schools and community centers since the Theater’s founding. Since 2005, TAM has taken the Bard on the road with Shakespeare in Maine Communities—60 to 90-minute adaptations of Shakespeare with 5 to 8 actors. Plays are fully designed, rehearsed, and tour to schools and community centers. The target grade levels for this tour are middle and high schools; previous tours have reached more than 6,000 students.

The story of Prince Hamlet’s search for meaning and justice in a world beyond his control has fascinated audiences and actors alike for more than 400 years. Hamlet rebels against ageism and dogmatic authority while struggling to accept the loss of his father and understand his place in this world. Of the Mad Men-inspired adaptation, director Dawn McAndrews explains, “Setting the play in the 60s amidst the corporate hierarchy and gender politics of the time supports the adaptation’s driving focuses on the dynamics of interpersonal relationships and the tenuous power of the state.”

Hamlet features Max Waszak in the title role, Grace Bauer as Gertrude, Will Harrell as Claudius and the Ghost, Katie Sasso as Ophelia, Jay Shepherd as Horatio and the Player Queen, Michael Thomas as Laertes and the Player King, and Wendy Way as Polonius. Set by Jim Alexander; costumes by Jonna Klaiber.

Hamlet will tour to schools and community centers from York to Caribou. Public performances will be presented at the following venues:
The Grand, Ellsworth, ME | October 24 at 7:00 p.m.
Vienna Union Hall, Vienna, ME | October 27 at 7:00 p.m.
UMA Bangor, Bangor, ME | October 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Johnson Hall, Gardiner, ME | November 3 at 7:30 p.m.
The Waldo Theater, Waldoboro ME | November 5 at 7:00 p.m.
UMA Augusta, Augusta, ME | November 9 at 7:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Theater at Monmouth at 207.933.9999 or visit www.theateratmonmouth.org.

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