Shakespeare in the Park Kicks off HAMLET.

23 09 2011

Cameron Cobb plays Hamlet in Shakespeare in the Park’s retelling of the famous play.  For more details on the show and few shots click through.

TA Taylor as Claudius, Cameron Cobb as Hamlet, Constance Gold Parry as Gertrude Photo By Linda Blase

From Shakespeare in the Park Press Release:

Shakespeare Dallas Rounds Out 40th Anniversary Year with Hamlet

Shakespeare Dallas will be taking a fresh look at the classic tragedy of Hamlet, employing the skills of professional scenographer Jacob Climer to make scenery and characters come to life.

This year’s Hamlet takes place in Denmark post-WWII. To set the scene, Climer drapes the characters in posh suits and chic gowns, custom-made for this particular production and in compliment to the grand palace in which the play takes place. Acting as both costume and set designer allows Climer to tailor the look of the play to highlight the themes that are important in this production.

Chris Hury as Laertes, Jenny Ledel as Ophelia Photo by Linda Blase.

“It is rare for one sole designer to work on both the sets and costumes for a single production,” says Raphael Parry, Executive and Artistic Director of Shakespeare Dallas. “To do both is a tremendous amount of work, especially when working from out of state. Jacob’s designs are very detailed yet wildly creative, and he always manages to capture the setting and time period perfectly. We are honored to have the chance to work with him on this production.”

Climer lives in New York City designing costumes and sets for several regional theaters, including Carnegie Hall, NYU Strasburg Institute, Revision Theatre and 59E59, and began his professional career in theater design with Shakespeare Dallas in 2005. He has designed costumes for multiple Shakespeare in the Park productions, including Romeo and Juliet, Loves Labors Lost, Othello and All’s Well that Ends Well. In 2009 he also took on the job of designing scenery as well, including old west renditions of Taming of the Shrew and The Merry Wives of Windsor, TX.

“Not only do we have Jacob as our scenographer for this production, but Hamlet is the first play that Shakespeare Dallas performed in 1971, so it is quite special to us,” continues Parry, who will also be taking the stage in this production as Polonius. “We are thrilled to close our season this year with such a unique rendering of Hamlet. It is a fantastic celebration of the last 40 years, and displays the incredibly creative talents of both Jacob and our design team.”

Hamlet is the story of Prince Hamlet who, urged by his father’s ghost to avenge his murder, feigns madness in order to discover the truth about his uncle Claudius’ hand in the murder. Claudius, who is now married to the late king’s wife and Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude, decides to send Hamlet away to England, where he has arranged for Hamlet to be killed. Before leaving, Hamlet accidentally kills Polonius, the father of his love, Ophelia, thinking that he is Claudius. However, Hamlet returns to Denmark after his ship is attacked by pirates at sea, only to be confronted by Laertes, Ophelia’s brother, about the death of Polonius. A duel is arranged, but Claudius takes measures to ensure that Hamlet will die regardless of who wins the fight.

Directed by Rene Moreno, Hamlet will be playing at Samuell-Grand Park in Dallas from September 23 to October 1, and Addison Circle Park from October 5 to October 16th.

For more information, visit http://www.shakespearedallas.org/.

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