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Old Hat explodes speech and movement in a vivid, primal rendition of Shakespeare's political tragedy.
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Old Hat Theatre Company presents Julius Caesar | February 15-March 3, 2018  

We are proud to present this visceral production of Shakespeare’s mythic and modern tragedy in Access Theatre, NYC and South Oxford Space, Brooklyn.  

Picture an ensemble of ten actors in street clothes in a blank space. Using movement, sound, and the language of the play, their bodies and voices conjure the story. We explore the clash between speech and action, the tangle of personal and political desire, and the indelible stain of violence on character.  

WHO WE ARE  

We founded Old Hat in 2011 with a creative mission to produce Shakespeare and other classical works in fresh, imaginative ways that inspire audiences to see and listen as though for the first time. 

Our past projects include Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and original adaptations of Chekhov short stories.  We have staged productions in interesting spaces around Brooklyn, from an old public bathhouse in Gowanus to a parlor in a 19th-century townhouse on Prospect Park West.

We are thrilled to be performing Julius Caesar in Manhattan and Brooklyn venues during our February 2018 run. This is the first portable production of what we envision as a portable repertoire, ensuring our work’s longer life and greater impact.   

WHAT WE DO  

This production introduces a new, organic style for us. No sets, limited tech, driven by actors unwrapped from traditional performance tools, free to explore the muscle and sinew underneath. Our new methods accomplish many things: 

  • They enable us to produce on a lower budget.
  • They facilitate the portability of our production.
  • They enhance our artistic vision. 

These rewards in turn serve our broader social mission to devise ways to sustain independent work of high quality, to better compensate artists for their labor, and deliver classical theater to diverse audiences. 

Our Kickstarter Campaign seeks a part of our total project budget, which goes to materials, transportation, space rental, and supports sixteen artists for a full-time rehearsal load and a three-week run. 

Plus, once we complete the production, we’ll be situated to revive it again and again! So your gift of any sum will have a lasting impact:

  • $50 upgrades our lighting equipment.
  • $150 rents 10 hours of rehearsal space.
  • $300 pays an artist stipend.
  • $500 secures a performance venue.
  • $1,000 covers our entire tech budget. 

WHY IT MATTERS 

In times when public funding has been severely limited, small arts groups depend on individual support to fulfill their missions. And it is at times when the arts are under attack that we need them the most. 

We look to theatre and poetry to fortify us, because it opens our minds to the voices and experiences of others. Good theatre can help us understand what’s happening now, show us how to connect with the past, and inspire us to action.

Thank you for your continued support. Thank you for making our work possible.  

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 PAST WORK

Hamlet, Brooklyn Lyceum (2011)
Hamlet, Brooklyn Lyceum (2011)

 

Hamlet, Brooklyn Lyceum (2011)
Hamlet, Brooklyn Lyceum (2011)

 

Hamlet, Brooklyn Lyceum (2011)
Hamlet, Brooklyn Lyceum (2011)

 

Hamlet, Brooklyn Lyceum (2011)
Hamlet, Brooklyn Lyceum (2011)

  

Twelfth Night, South Oxford Space (2014)
Twelfth Night, South Oxford Space (2014)

 

Twelfth Night, South Oxford Space (2014)
Twelfth Night, South Oxford Space (2014)

   

Twelfth Night, South Oxford Space (2014)
Twelfth Night, South Oxford Space (2014)

  

Twelfth Night, South Oxford Space (2014)
Twelfth Night, South Oxford Space (2014)

 

Macbeth, St. Paul's Theater (2016)
Macbeth, St. Paul's Theater (2016)

   

Macbeth, St. Paul's Theater (2016)
Macbeth, St. Paul's Theater (2016)

  

Macbeth, St. Paul's Theater (2016)
Macbeth, St. Paul's Theater (2016)

 

Macbeth, St. Paul's Theater (2016)
Macbeth, St. Paul's Theater (2016)

 

Macbeth, St. Paul's Theater (2016)
Macbeth, St. Paul's Theater (2016)

 

Risks and challenges

Producing theater in NYC – and getting people to notice – is always a challenge, but we have the advantages of experience and a supportive community.

Touring multiple venues is a new experiment for us, and it requires careful planning and organization. We have worked hard to streamline setup, packing, travelling, and adapting to different kinds of space. We feel confident our efforts will ensure a smooth tour, which in turn will enable us to reach a larger and more diverse audience.

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