The abbreviated staged reading provides a deeper understanding of the school's production of 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern'.
Normally, it takes more than four hours to get through Shakespeare's classic Hamlet. But a group of Oakland Community College theater faculty members cut the play down to two hours Thursday morning. A staged reading held in Smith Theater on the Orchard Ridge campus in Farmington Hills presented selected scenes, amplified by the school's resident Shakespeare expert, English Department faculty member John Mitchell. He provided information about Hamlet's origins, which lie in an 11th century Viking saga, along with insights into the play. "It's a play about plays," Mitchell said, adding a central theme is that "theater itself is about how people exist. We are always actors." The reading was open to the public as a prelude to the theatre …
The 10 a.m. performance with theater faculty provide a deeper understanding of 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, which opens the same day.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
As a prelude to performances of the Oakland Community College (OCC) theatre program’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, an edited version of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet will be presented at the Orchard Ridge Campus’ Smith Theatre on Thursday, March 22, 10 a.m.-noon. OCC English Department faculty member John Mitchell and Theatre Program faculty member Dennis North, who directed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, will host the event. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Full-time and adjunct members of the OCC theatre faculty will read and perform the roles, with occasional interjections by Mitchell to discuss the historical setting and major themes of Hamlet – an excellent way for audiences to gain a…