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Hamlet Isn't Dead is putting on its second show (the first with a budget), The Taming of the Shrew! A festive take on an old classic.
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The Taming of the Shrew

By: William Shakespeare

Directed by: Robin Rightmyer

A Hamlet Isn't Dead Production

Shakespeare's second play The Taming of the Shrew is fraught with controversy, contention, humor and sexual tension. It remains a popular and relevant play due to its unconventional and often irreverent dueling sweethearts, Kate and Petruchio. Whether it be the relationship between father and daughter, a man and his childhood friend, or husband and wife, The Taming of the Shrew highlights the diverse ways in which we express deep love. Hamlet Isn't Dead's Christmas production is a funny, festive and brassy celebration of love set in the season when we are meant to cherish our loved ones the most.

The 133rd Street Arts Center is self-described as a venue "built with the artist in mind." We happen to agree with it -- the Lab theater space that we are using for The Taming of the Shrew is a lofty gallery space that can be adapted to fit any situation (which is good -- Hamlet Isn't Dead likes unconventional theater spaces).  It is perfectly situated to provide the inclusivity that we like to bring to our Shakespearean performances.

We will be presenting a total of eight performances:

  • Friday, December 13 @ 8:00PM
  • Saturday, December 14 @ 8:00PM
  • Sunday, December 15 @ 4:00PM and 8:00PM
  • Friday, December 20 @ 8:00PM
  • Saturday, December 21 @ 8:00PM
  • Sunday, December 22 @ 4:00PM and 8:00PM

The tickets for the performances (assuming you want more than the two you get from pledging at $60!) can be purchased HERE: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/500974

Our auditions are coming up!  If you're a New York based actor and fancy being involved, email your headshot and resume to hamletisntdead@gmail.com.  We're auditioning on Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3.  Shortly thereafter, we'll update this space with information on the cast!

For more updates and entertainment, check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/hamletisntdead.

Risks and challenges

In any artistic endeavor there is always the risk of unforeseen, uncontrollable circumstances. For example, in our previous production "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" (set in an art gallery), by our second weekend we found ourselves surrounded by more depictions of adult relationships than you could shake a stick at. With some creative re-blocking and a strategically placed potted plant, we managed to cover up most of the deeper wrinkles.

While this production's challenges may not be so bare bones, we are confident that after that, we can take anything.

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    Feeling a bit lonely this holiday season? Donate five dollars or more and receive a Holiday Card signed by the founding members of Hamlet Isn't Dead!

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    Remember HID's premiere production "The Two Gentlemen of Verona"? Well, whether you caught it or not, now you can watch it forever with a link to the privately-hosted full-length video.

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    William Shakespeare wasn't the only poet who didn't know it! Our Artistic Director David Andrew Laws makes rhymes all the time(s)! At the twenty dollar level of pledging, not only will we send you the rewards mentioned above, but also we will compose an original sonnet in your honor and publish it on Facebook.

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    Remember that Two Gents production from before? Remember that sonnet? Donate fourty dollars and we'll send you a physical copy of your sonnet, a DVD of our first show, AND a signed company Holiday Card. You will also be listed in Taming of the Shrew's program as a donor.

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    For sixty of your American Dollars, we will send you all of the fabulous gifts listed above, as well as two VALID tickets to see our production of Taming of the Shrew. You helped build it, come and see the fruits of your labor!

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    A princely sum deserving of a golden reward! In addition to the above mentioned sonnet, Christmas card, DVD of Two Gents and tickets to see Taming of the Shrew, you also will receive an AUthentic show poster AUgmented by our cast's AUtographs! You will also get a phone call or voicemail message of sincere thanks from the creative team behind Taming of the Shrew (Disclaimer: we cannot be held responsible for our senseless weeping of gratitude during this call).

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    At the two hundred and fifty dollar level, we can see that you're really getting in the holiday spirit! As such, we think that in addition to your other rewards all listed above (sonnet, holiday card, DVD, tickets to the show, phone call, and a signed poster), we will send you the special holiday gift of a fully annotated copy of our production script signed by the cast and creative team.

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    For five hundred dollars we are willing to do quite a lot, really. You have achieved our eternal gratitude and well-wishes. In addition to every single other reward offered above, we will write and perform a five-minute (approximate!) video in tribute! This will include a recitation of your personalized sonnet as well as an original song (just for you!) and/or one of your favorite Shakespearean scenes or monologues. We will either publish the video on our web pages or send it to you for your private enjoyment, your choice.

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    For a thousand dollars, we know you're serious about supporting us and about supporting great art. As well as the rest of the rewards, we want to thank you to your face. For this grand prize, not only will you achieve Executive Producer status, but you'll be going out for drinks with the director and two actors of your choice from our upcoming production! As a special bonus, you'll receive a signed DVD of Taming of the Shrew with special production notes from our beloved director!

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