By Tom Stoppard
How do you combine Laurel & Hardy, “Who’s on First,” and Shakespeare? Tom Stoppard did it brilliantly with his 1967 play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.”
Cleverly re-interpreting Shakespeare’s Hamlet from the point of view of two minor characters, the play-within-a-play-within-a-play turns Hamlet on its head by giving the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern major roles, and subjugating former major characters to minor roles. This is one of the themes of the play: if life were a play, most of us would be minor characters in it. While we may call ourselves “masters of our domains,” when we think about how many things in our lives over which we actually have control, it is not a long list, especially when it comes to our imminent death.
Shakespeare on Main Street
“A coruscatingly brilliant, endlessly thought-provoking masterpiece.”
~ Wall Street Journal
"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Directed by Gary Meitrott