AMU Drama This Weekend: "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead"
Ave Maria University students will perform Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead this weekend, the first production by the drama department this academic year.
Published on Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:38
The play uses Shakespeare's Hamlet as its taking off point, looking at the intrigue going on at court through the eyes of two minor characters -- the ill-fated, indistinguishable college chums of Hamlet's, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Word play and plot twists abound as the two unknowingly become embroiled in something they know nothing about and really have nothing to do with. They humorously become helpless pawns in a fatally flawed chess game whose outcome is decided by fate -- and Shakespeare's flair for tragedy. At right, (seated) Leah Johanni as Ophelia, Brandon Babin as Hamlet, (standing, L-R) Claire Kirsch as Gertrude, John Broadhead as Polonius, Sean Young as Claudius.
Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday evening, Oct. 15 and 16, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 17th, at 2 p.m. in the student union ballroom.
Advanced sales and reserved tickets are $5.00. Tickets at the door on the evenings and afternoon of the performances are $6.00. Tables of eight cost $3.00 per person. Seats can be booked by calling 280-2550 or email to
. At left, (L-R) Will Hughes as Rosencrantz and Conor Hennelly as Guildenstern.
This production is the first under the direction of Charles Kolmann, the school's first adjunct drama professor. For a profile of Mr. Kolmann, click here.
At right, Joseph Lustig, Leslie Nagel, Zac Harned as The Player, and Clare Von Rueden.