By invitation from the National Park Service, We Players is holding the first artistic residency on Alcatraz Island. We will create a series of performances and outreach programs, both on and off site, that aim to stimulate awareness and conversation around the themes of incarceration, isolation, justice, and redemption.
This fall 2010, We Players will present an island-wide, interactive production of Shakespeare’s HAMLET. We Players guides will lead a designated audience through a carefully crafted route throughout the island. Regular park visitors will have many opportunities to interact with the performances and installation art that will occur in public areas. This classic text explores many of the root issues of justice and imprisonment, and offers the audience exposure to the interior monologue of a man in isolation, wrestling with consciousness and conscience. The use of the space includes both intimate scenes in exclusive areas, including unprecedented opportunities to enter areas ordinarily out of bounds to visitors, as well as cinematographic vistas with simultaneous action on multiple levels.
We Players believes in theater as a tool for social change and personal evolution. Support WE in building a profound and unique experience in this legendary and historically rich location.
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