Dateline: March 6, 2019
The Athenian Players invite you to experience the marvelously creative tale of Hamlet through the eyes of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two hapless minor characters in Shakespeare’s iconic play. Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead tells their version of the story as the pair stumble their way in and out of the action of Hamlet.
In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound, where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads our two heroes to a tragic but inevitable end.
Directed by Dr. Hugh Long, the play will run from April 11-13; 18-20 with performances at 7:30 pm each evening, with a matinee performance at 2:00 pm on April 20. Tickets are on sale now.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead’s talented cast includes Vicki Montgomery as Rosencrantz, Drew Carlton as Guildenstern, Meghan Swan as The Player, Chris Clark as Hamlet, Tyler Dalton, John Powers, Rabia Siddiqui, Chelsey George and Caitlyn Merriman as Tragedians, Rick Martin as King Claudius, Laura Poe as Gertrude, Preston Pylant as Polonius, Jilya Gossett as Ophelia, Chelsey George as Horatio, and Caitlyn Merriman and John Powers as Courtiers, Ambassadors, Soldiers, and Attendants.
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 https://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.)