Dateline: October 22, 2018

Experience one of the greatest English language plays ever written – Shakespeare’s moving story of deceit and revenge, Hamlet, performed by the Athenian Players. Set in the kingdom of Elsinore, Denmark, Prince Hamlet seeks revenge on his uncle Claudius for both the murder of his father, King Hamlet, and Claudius’s ensuing succession to the throne and marriage to Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother.

Written in the late 16th century, Hamlet is a poignant tale of regicide, family feuds, broken hearts, and vengeful ghosts. It is considered one of the most powerful tragedies in the English language and is widely regarded as both the best of Shakespeare’s work and the perfect play.

Directed by Dr. Hugh Long, the play will run from November 8-10; 15-17 with performances at 7:30 pm each evening. The play runs approximately 2.5 hours. Tickets are on sale now.

Hamlet’s talented cast includes Richard Bransford as Hamlet, Dennis Marshall as Claudius, Laura Poe as Gertrude, Trent Thompson as Polonius, Chris Clark as Laertes, Meghan Swan as Ophelia, Jessie Carlton as Horatio, Ron Fritze as the Ghost, Jilya Gossett as Rosencrantz, and Rabia Siddiqui as Guildenstern.

Performances will take place in the Studio Theatre of the Performing Arts Center at the Alabama Center for the Arts, 133 2nd Avenue, Decatur. Regular admission tickets are $15.00, and senior or student admission tickets are $10.00. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Alabama Center for the Arts box office, online at http://www.athens.edu/athenianplayers, or by phone at (256) 260-3007.

If you visit some of the cast and crew’s favorite local Downtown Decatur haunts, (The Brick, Cross-Eyed Owl Brewery, The Railyard, Josie’s, Mellow Mushroom, and Moe’s Barbeque…to name a few), during the week of the show, bring your receipt to the box office and receive $5.00 off the price of your ticket! (One discount per person.)

The Athenian Players are the resident theatre company at Athens State University. They make their home in the new Studio Theatre in the Alabama Center for the Arts, a black box theater that features state of the art lights and sound. The Athenian Players produce a play each semester, drawing the cast and crew from the diverse and talented ASU student body, students at other nearby schools, and the local Alabama community. Their goal is to continue the long tradition of quality dramatic productions from Athens State University’s illustrious history and to be a beacon for future theatre artists in the greater North Alabama region. For more information, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/athenianplayers. For information about the Drama program at Athens State, visit www.athens.edu/drama.