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Tragedy meets comedy

Hamlet’s minor roles become major

By Terrence Cain
On February 15, 2013

Arts at ASU will begin showcasing on Feb. 15 a new take on Shakespeare's Hamlet.

"Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" is a play written by British playwright Sir Tom Stoppard. It is an absurdist, existentialist, tragicomedy about the exploits of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern; two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

"It's a classic piece of modern theatre that is not often performed," director Michael Burnett said. "It's funny and entertaining on subjects dealing with life and death."

Jacob Scott, co-director, said he hopes people will take away a new perspective on a classic Shakespeare play.

"When I read the play and professor Burnett asked me to be co-director, I couldn't refuse," Scott said.

Joey Hancock, who will play the part of Rosencrantz, said he hopes people will see the play and get a sense of living their lives instead of fearing death.

"I thought the script was funny and I wanted to add my own spin on it," Hancock said. "It's also gotten me to work harder on my craft."  

Tyler Tennell, who will play Guildenstern, said he hopes people will see the funny side of death.

"I usually play the comedic parts, so I chose to play Guildenstern because of his intellect and because it has allowed me to expand my acting," Tennell said. "It has really added to my vocabulary as well."

Tickets are available at to the Modular Theater Box Office in Carr, or call 325 - 942 - 2000 to reserve tickets in advance. The price for ASU students is $3, Non-ASU students $4, and general admission is $8.

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