Limestone Theatre: "Hamlet"
(UPDATE: Original dates for streaming of "Hamlet" have been changed to Nov. 5-7, 2020)
The curtain will rise on the 2020-2021 season for the Limestone University Department of Theatre in the month of November!
It was recently announced that, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, Limestone’s Department of Theatre will open its new season November 5-7 (changed from October 9-10) by streaming William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet."
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“This season and performance venues are subject to change as current projections on the COVID-19 pandemic are updated,” said Dr. Tim Baxter-Ferguson, Director of Theatre and Musical Theatre. “The faculty and staff of Limestone University Theatre and Limestone University know that safety is the first priority, and we will make any changes as necessary. We appreciate the continued support from the University and the Gaffney community.”
Limestone Assistant Professor of Theatre Bill West-Davis noted that Limestone University Theatre has worked extremely hard to make the 2020-2021 season possible.
“I am very happy and relieved that we're able to have a season,” West-Davis said. “A lot of larger universities have had to change their season or cancel completely due to having a larger student population. Fortunately for us, our small program size allows us to continue making art and educating our students in a safe environment."
“Hamlet” is a filmed performance adapted by Baxter-Ferguson, who will serve as Director. Adapted for the contemporary era, it will stream via www.showtix4u.com. Set in Denmark, the play depicts Prince Hamlet and his revenge against his uncle, Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father in order to seize his throne and marry Hamlet's mother.
“I had wanted to revisit Hamlet for some time,” said Baxter-Ferguson. “We had performed what is arguably Shakespeare’s greatest play some twelve years ago before we had our new theatre space. During the COVID pandemic shutdown, I had a lot of time to think, like all of us, about the toxicity in our country; the unerring belied that we are right and just and anyone else is wrong. We are no longer a country that seeks consensus through careful debate, but instead seeks affirmation through bullying. The loudest voice wins. And, like all of us, I felt it painful to be online. The hatred and discourse were deafening. So, I thought, there’s something there that can connect to Hamlet’s quest for vengeance. Something to explore through the lens of social media politics, and discourse.
“Because of COVID, we had to figure out a way to do theatre and keep our students as safe as possible,” he continued. “The idea of doing ‘Hamlet’ as an exploration of toxic social media came up. It allows us to provide the production like a film and explore both the contemporary issues we all are facing, along with the issues that Shakespeare was illuminating.”
For more information on Limestone Theatre, visit www.limestone.edu/theatre.