HAMLETby William Shakespeare
October 25 to November 17
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Christopher V. Edwards
Shakespeare’s classic tale of revenge comes to Gloucester Stage after two successful seasons of full-house student matinees. Responding to a need from Boston area schools to immerse students in classic literature, this performance has an adjusted schedule to impact over 2,000 middle and high school students. Hamlet’s story begins when he meets his father’s ghost, revealing that his brother, Claudius, has murdered him and taken Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, for his queen. Hamlet then begins his journey of revenge while struggling with self-doubt and facing challenges from all sides. Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project Christopher V. Edwards makes his GSC directing debut with William Shakespeare’s Hamlet running October 25 through November 17 at Gloucester Stage. Public performances are limited to weekends with student matinees weekdays.
Preview Performances are Friday Oct. 25 and Saturday Oct. 26 at 7:30 pm and Saturday Oct. 26 and Sunday Sunday Oct. 27 at 2:00 pm. Additional Public Performances are the remaining Saturdays at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. All other performances are in early morning for school fieldtrips. If you are a school looking to bring your class, please contact the Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978.281.4433
Gigi Watson* (Hamlet) is gratefully making her Gloucester Stage debut! Many thanks to Chris, Bob, and the entire GSC team. Recent regional credits include Rhinoceros, Lenin’s Embalmers (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater), Small Mouth Sounds, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (SpeakEasy Stage), Brawler (Boston Playwrights Theatre), Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth (Brown Box Theatre Project), Billy Elliot (Wheelock Family Theatre), Finish Line (Boston Theater Company), and Café Variations (ArtsEmerson/SITI Company). Gigi holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Emerson College and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. She joyfully coaches acting and audition prep with My College Audition. This winter, Gigi will play Portia in The Merchant of Venice with Actors Shakespeare Project.
Shawn K. Jain* (Claudius) is ecstatic to be making his Gloucester Stage Company debut. Originally from Northern California, Shawn is an actor and communications professional based in New York City. Previous stage credits include New Repertory Theatre (Heartland), Merrimack Repertory Theater (Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley), American Repertory Theater (Charlotte’s Web, Assistance, Our Town), Moscow Art Theater (Fear and Misery in the Third Reich), Constellation Theatre (The Fire and The Rain), Prince George’s County Shakespeare (Twelfth Night). Upcoming Film/TV: Thespian Season 2 (Amazon), A Ring for Christmas, Extra Room. Training: MFA in Acting from A.R.T. Institute at Harvard University/Moscow Art Theater School. Online: @shawnjain on Twitter and Instagram and www.shawnkjain.com.
Olivia Miller* (Gertrude) GSC: Debut. New York: Cherry Lane Theater, Culture Project. Film: Lolita Express. Local credits: Trinity Repertory Company, OBERON, Wilbury Theatre Group, Greater Boston Stage. Recent roles include Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Trinity Rep), Greta Garbo in Coming Attraction (Wilbury Theatre), Susan in tick…tick…BOOM (Brown/Trinity Rep), and Viola in Twelfth Night (Brown/Trinity Rep). Her solo show “Bloody Mary: LIVE!,” which imagines Queen Mary I as a standup comic, had it’s Boston premiere at the American Repertory Theater’s OBERON in August earlier this year. She earned her BA from Harvard College and her MFA from Brown University/Trinity Rep.
Thomas Grenon (Polonius) Tom is thrilled to be returning to Gloucester Stage Company, where he previously appeared in To Kill A Mockingbird. Tom is a Boston based actor; last season he received an IRNE award nomination for Best Actor in a Fringe Play for Delicate Particle Logic with Flat Earth Theatre Company. Tom has worked with Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Bridge Repertory Company, Apollinaire Theatre Company, Zeitgeist Stage Company, Hub Theatre Company, Arts After Hours, 7 Stages Shakespeare Company and The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company to name a few. He produced and directed 8 The Play, the fight for Marriage Equality for Broadway Impact. He attended the National Shakespeare Conservatory in NYC.
Charlotte Kinder (Ophelia)
*Member of Actors Equity Association (AEA)
Christopher V. Edwardsº(Director)
William Shakespeare (Playwright)
Jessica Brennan (Run Crew, Apprentice)
Elizabeth Cahill (Sound Design)
Madison Cook-Hines (Assistant Director, Apprentice)
Nadine Grant(Costume Design)
Aja Jackson (Lighting Design)
Luke Miller (Scenic Design)
Olivia Paluzzi (Assistant Stage Manager, Apprentice
Jessica Richmond (Props Design)
Creative Team Bios Coming Soon!
ºMember Society of Directors and Choreographers (SDC)