By Tom Stoppard
Previews: Apr 27-28 at 7 pm
Performances: May 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 at 7 pm
Life on the sidelines – minor characters in the most famous play in English-speaking history. What do you do while waiting for Hamlet to come around? Rosencrantz & Gildenstern consider life, fate, and what it all might mean as they stumble through their misadventures.
One part Hamlet, one part Waiting for Godot, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead made a splash when it premiered in 1967. This dark comedy takes two minor characters from Hamlet and turns the spotlight on them. They find themselves considering what life means if you’re just waiting for the more important people to return. Do we have free will? Is our end fated? Why are we here?
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern includes excerpts from Shakespeare’s Hamlet when the pair’s lives intersect with Hamlet’s. We know from both Hamlet and the play’s title that our protagonists won’t survive the night, but the journey there is a darkly comedic look at what it means to be human.