A Capstone project by University of Redlands Senior Kathryn Duncan
An ensemble of theatre artists uses devised theatre styles and techniques to create this unique and personal piece that explores the forms of love amongst ourselves, and the world.
March 17 &18, 2016 at 8 p.m.
March 18 & 19, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Developed and Directed by Chris Beach
In the Frederick Loewe Theatre
The University of Redlands Theatre Arts Department will present BIG BROTHER HAMLET. The show performs two weekends in March and April at the University of Redlands before it heads to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland this August.
BIG BROTHER HAMLET takes the themes of “omniscience” found in Shakespeare’s script - - God, the Supernatural, King and Kingdom - - and connects them with today’s most “omniscient entity,” surveillance technology. Set in the future, the kingdom of Elsinore is destabilized by corrupt leadership, and though surveillance technology gives the illusion of control, paranoia abounds. Throughout the play young Hamlet struggles to know the difference between information and truth.
BIG BROTHER HAMLET'S principle scenic element is computer projection mapping: a drone appears on stage and projects live audience images, onstage programmers take shifts at a laptop during the show, the projected ghost of Hamlet’s father moves and changes throughout the space, Hamlet’s journey to England is tracked as a blue dot on a map, and more.
Live and prerecorded projections, cell phones and cameras, even puppets lend the play its appearance of facts, evidence and knowledge. But some things are simply beyond our knowing.
March 31, April 1, 7 & 8 at 8 p.m.
April 2 & 8 at 2 p.m.