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WHF explores a darker, more violent take on Shakespeare’s masterpiece: What if it’s all happening in Hamlet’s head? Coming July 2012! Read more

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WHF explores a darker, more violent take on Shakespeare’s masterpiece: What if it’s all happening in Hamlet’s head? Coming July 2012!

Washington, DC Theater
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Who’s there? Stand and unfold yourself.
We Happy Few was founded by Hannah Todd and Raven Bonniwell in early 2012. Our mission is to present stripped down, small cast, ensemble productions with a group of talented artists, providing unique perspectives on classic texts.

What is your affair in Elsinore?
Our current project was birthed where most artistic collaborations are: in a bar. Rather than let this go the way of other alcohol induced “great ideas," we wanted to really do something with this one.  As a group of determined, creative-minded individuals, we know we can combine our forces for good!  Kind of like the “Planeteers”.  But cooler.

So why another Hamlet? Well, our six-actor, ensemble based production looks at Shakespeare’s masterpiece a little differently. Drawing on the text, we explore a darker, more violent side of the play, and ask, What if it is all in Hamlet’s head? We all know that Hamlet is consumed by his own thoughts - but what if he truly can’t escape? What if he’s so trapped in his own brain that he can no longer tell what is real? The line between what Hamlet fantasizes - killing himself, killing Claudius, his relationship with Ophelia - and the “real world” around him starts to blur....  

Will you see these players well bestowed?
We plan to produce Hamlet in the Capital Fringe Festival (July 2012) as a Find Your Own Venue production in the Mead Theatre Lab. This is where we need your help. We need money... money for space rentals, insurance, marketing materials and application fees.  Should we find ourselves with excess cash, we would also like to pay our actors and designers (being an artist is hard work and we’d like to keep ours from starving). Any amount helps, no matter how small.  If 100 people donate $5 we suddenly have $500!

Your visitation shall receive such thanks as fits a king’s remembrance.
To make donating even more enticing, take a look over at the right hand side of this page. You’ll see that we have a series of pretty rad rewards. You’ll also notice that for the higher level rewards, we have two options. We have rewards for those who are able to come see the show and take advantage of DC based activities. And for those of you who can’t make the performances (we’re sure you have a really good excuse), we have alternative rewards that we can mail to you wherever you may be. Once funding is complete, we will send out a survey to all our backers in which you will be able to indicate your preference!

What should such fellows as I do crawling between earth and heaven?
We know that many of you are probably as impecunious as we are. So if you really can’t manage even a $5 donation (hey, that can be a week’s worth of lunch!) but want to help in another way, you can!  If you have any space where we can rehearse a few evenings a week, we’ll take it!  Do you have a website or business where we can advertise for free?  Maybe you’d want to cook our production team dinner one night.  Seriously, it all helps and we’d love your support.

Where is the beauteous majesty of Denmark?
To keep up with this exciting project on the world wide web, find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/WeHappyFewProductions) or follow us on Twitter (@wehappyfewdc). If email’s more your speed, feel free to drop us a line at wehappyfewproductions@gmail.com. 

Friends to this ground
Many special thanks to Matt Genebach for lending his fantastic filmmaking and editing skills to this project. And of course to our Prince of Denmark, in the video and in July, Chris Genebach.

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    2 backers

    Gravedigger Level: Special Thank You on WHF's Facebook page

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    6 backers

    Osric Level: Special Thank You on WHF's Facebook page AND in the printed program

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    7 backers

    Polonius Level: All of the above PLUS an official Hamlet sticker

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    10 backers

    Laertes Level: All of the above PLUS one ticket to the show on the date of your choosing (DC Local reward) OR one of three Shakespeare sonnets recorded by one of our talented cast members (Out of Towner reward)

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    10 backers

    Claudius & Gertrude Level: A Very Special Thank You in the printed program, an Official Hamlet Sticker, and two tickets to the show (DC Local reward) OR a Very Special Thank You in the printed program, an Official Hamlet Sticker, one of three Shakespeare sonnets recorded by one of our talented cast members, and a poster of the show signed by the cast and crew (Out of Towner reward)

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    Ophelia Level: A Super Special Thank You in the printed program, an Official Hamlet Sticker, AND one of five sonnets set to music! PLUS either Two tickets to the show (DC Locals) or signed poster and recorded sonnet (For those farther away)

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    1 backer

    Hamlet Level: All of the above. Literally everything mentioned. PLUS a drink with the cast if you're in DC OR, if you're not in DC, your choice of any Shakespeare's sonnets or speeches recorded just for you by one of our talented cast members.

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    Fortinbras Level: All of the above PLUS attend a rehearsal (DC folks) OR a hand drawn illumination of a Shakespeare sonnet of the donor’s choosing (Out of Towners)

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Funding period

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