Shakespeare’s Hamlet gets a different perspective in “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” the debut performance of Forum Productions at the Price Seniors Center this weekend. Excerpt of illustration by Daniel Maclise to The Works of Shakspeare, Imperial edition, NY 1875-1876.
By HAP MANSFIELD
A brand new theater company, Forum Productions, will debut at the Price Seniors Center Friday with its first performance of the Tom Stoppard play, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” at 7 p.m.
The company will reprise the play Saturday and on the following weekend, Aug. 6 and Aug. 7.
The witty Tom Stoppard play imaginatively embroiders a story about two minor characters in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and along the way makes wry observances about existence, mathematics, science and identity. The word play comes fast and furious, sometimes amusing, sometimes baffling. The observer sees it is not the outcome of the characters, since the title pretty well gives that away if you recall the famous line from “Hamlet” that serves as its title. But how they get there is food for thought.
Directed by Texas State theatre graduate Elvis Irwin the play features the acting talents of area residents and students.
In addition to an all-local cast, the music for the play was created by J.T. Martin and Sean Hannon, both members of the band, Chasca. Patrons of the Gray Horse Saloon and Triple Crown need no introduction to the innovative musicians who perform at the venues often.
The Price Seniors Center, of course, is no stranger to local theater, regularly housing performances of the delightful local Second Act Troupe.
Tickets for the Forum’s opening show, which features wine and hors d’ oeuvres are $22. Admission for the subsequent shows is $15. Tickets may be obtained early at Costumed Occasions, 150 South LBJ Drive, or by calling (512) 754-7400. They may also be purchased at the door on the night of the performance.Email | Print