Why Not Theatre (Canada)
Shakespeare’s classic gets the update it needs in Ravi Jain’s wildly inventive, radically inclusive production of Prince Hamlet.
PRESENTED WITH UBC THEATRE AND FILM
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Unfortunately, the Thursday Jan 24th performance of Prince Hamlet had to be cancelled due to the sudden illness of a performer. If you have not yet exchanged your ticket to another PuSh show, or had your ticket refunded, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find a show to attend, or you have until Thursday, February 7th.
Shakespeare’s classic gets the update it needs in Ravi Jain’s wildly inventive, radically inclusive production. The Prince of Denmark is mourning the death of his father and lamenting the remarriage of his mother, Gertrude, to his uncle Claudius. Then a ghost appears and sets in motion a series of events that will culminate in tragedy…
Few works of literature have as much to say about what it means to be human as Hamlet. Jain and Why Not Theatre take a play with wide implications and widen them further, drawing more of humanity into the fold and challenging historical ownership of the story. Prince Hamlet breaks through the old restrictions on gender, race and ability, allowing Shakespeare’s work to be told, seen and heard in bold new ways. The production is bilingual, with integrated English and American Sign Language, making it uniquely accessible to both hearing and deaf audiences. Produced in defiance of traditional norms, this is a show that asks who gets to own the dominant narratives in our culture and answers, triumphantly: everyone.
Why Not Theatre (Canada)
Why Not Theatre is a Toronto-based company with an ethic of inclusion, a strong sense of community and a mandate to challenge the status quo. Exploring difference, promoting diversity and reimagining performance for a wider community, the group stands strong in the Canadian theatre scene.
6354 Crescent Road, University of British Columbia
(Talkback was cancelled along with the Jan 24 performance)
165 minutes, with intermission
Single tickets $39
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Or call 604.822.2678
RELAXED PERFORMANCE ON JAN 27
ALL PERFORMANCES CONTAIN ASL INTEGRATED THROUGHOUT
Strobe-like lighting effects
WRITER William Shakespeare DIRECTOR Ravi Jain ADAPTED BY Ravi Jain PERFORMERS Dawn Jani Birley, Miriam Fernandes, Barbara Gordon, Jeff Ho, Christine Horne, Hannah Miller, Rick Roberts, Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah, Karen Robinson ASL & VISUAL TRANSLATION Dawn Jani Birley SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER Lorenzo Savoini LIGHTING DESIGNER André du Toit SOUND DESIGNER Thomas Ryder Payne STAGE MANAGER Neha Ross ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Tamara Protic PRODUCTION MANAGER, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Andrew Pye COMPANY MANAGER Kevin Matthew Wong SUPPORTED BY Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, TD Bank Group