(Princeton, NJ) The Lewis Center for the Arts will present Hamlet, William Shakespeare’s tragic tale of revenge, ambition and majesty on December 2 and 3 at 8:15 p.m., December 4 at 2:00 p.m., December 7 through 9 at 8:00 p.m. and December 10 at 1:00 p.m. in the Roger S. Berlind Rehearsal Room at McCarter Theatre Center. Hamlet is a senior thesis production directed by Julia Keimach ‘12, a certificate student in the Program in Theater. All performances are free and open to the public.
Written between 1599 and 1601 Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s best-known and most often performed works. Summarizing her take on the familiar plot, Keimach recounts, “On an icy winter night in Denmark, a voice from the dead gives a disillusioned young Prince an irresistible command: to kill the King. Launched on a mission to revenge his uncle's murder of his father, and regain the throne promised him, Hamlet maneuvers around the lies, betrayals and plots of a corrupted court and begins to realize the real fight is not for honor or crown but for his soul.”
“Hamlet is often read specifically as a revenge play and the Prince has been criticized as hesitant, indecisive and inactive. That couldn’t be more wrong,” notes Keimach. “Hamlet, like many Princeton students, dreams of using his education to make a difference in the world. But upon his return to Elsinore, his dream of being Denmark’s greatest King comes to a screeching halt. Though it deals with themes of grief, ambition and revenge, Hamlet is ultimately about a boy growing into manhood; faced with a choice between what is easy and what is right, he strives to retain his integrity, his goodness, and his soul.”
President of the Princeton Shakespeare Company, Keimach directed Romeo & Juliet in April and has performed in Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Henry IV Pt1, and Much Ado About Nothing, as well as at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Oregon Shakespeare Festival summer programs. Keimach has also worked with Princeton’s Theatre Intime and Triangle Club as an actor, stage manager, costume designer, and technician. An English major, she is writing an original play on illegal theatre under Cromwell’s Protectorate for her senior thesis. Keimach is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and the Performing Arts in New York and an A. Scott Berg Fellow for Senior Thesis Research in Princeton’s English Department.
The cast of Hamlet includes Princeton undergraduates Brad Wilson '13 as Hamlet, along with J.T. Glaze '13, Olivia Nice '14, Holly Linneman '13, Kanoa Mulling '15, Spencer Gaffney '12, Will Abbot '14, David Drew '14, and graduate student Dan Ames GS '13. Appearing in smaller parts and also taking on technical roles are Adam Stasiw '13, Zach Salk '14, Catherine Cohen '13, and C.C. Kellogg '13. Most of the cast and crew are also certificate students in the Program in Theater at the Lewis Center.
Admission is free with no reservations required.
The Lewis Center’s Program in Theater annually presents a major, professionally produced play in the fall, as well as a number of student senior thesis productions throughout the year.
The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a wide range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee. For more information about the Lewis Center for the Arts visit www.princeton.edu/arts.