Xavier University Theatre Presents HAMLET and THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLLIAM SHAKESPEARE: ABRIDGED [REVISED]

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Katie Mitchell as Hamlet. Photo by Annie Mayer.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(CINCINNATI, January 31, 2017) – Xavier University Theatre continues its 2016-17 season with HAMLET by William Shakespeare, directed by Craig Wesley Divino and Kathleen Wise, and THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED] by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, directed by Ed Stern. HAMLET runs February 9-12, followed by THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKEPEARE: ABRDIGED [REVISED] February 15-19. Both will take place in Gallagher Student Center Theatre.

HAMLET
A country on the brink of war. A family torn apart. A son tortured by secrets. What does it mean to live? What does it mean to die? How far will we go to remain true to those we love? Shakespeare’s timeless masterpiece, HAMLET, remains one of the greatest stories of all time. Craig Wesley Divino and Kathleen Wise co-direct, while also starring as Claudius and Gertrude.

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Henry Eden as Laertes & Ellie Conniff as Ophelia. Photo by Annie Mayer.

Craig Wesley Divino is co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Fault Line Theatre, a not-for-profit off-Broadway theatre company. Xavier University has produced plays developed at Fault Line Theatre and hosts an annual play development workshop for current students. He also directed From White Plains at Xavier in 2014. Kathleen Wise is a Brooklyn-based actress, writer, and director, born and raised in Cincinnati. Some of her credits around Cincinnati include: Grounded (Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati) and A Christmas Carol (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park).

The Cast includes senior Katie Mitchell (Hamlet), freshman Gigi Relic (Horatio), senior Muyiwa Oyatogun (Polonius), freshman Ellie Conniff (Ophelia), junior Henry Eden (Laertes), freshman Cat Sholtis (Rosencrantz), sophomore Micah Price (Guildenstern), junior Taylor Maas (Clown), freshman Andrew Leonard (Gravedigger), sophomore Rachael Petranek (Player King), junior Donald Burns (Player), and sophomore Hannah Sgamballone (Fortinbras).

Other creative staff members include Joe Beumer (Light Design) assisted by Kelly Markle, Annie Mayer (Assistant Director and Props Design) and Hannah Sgamballone (Assistant Director and Props Design). The show is stage managed by Jenny Roberts and assisted by Trever McKenzie and Cassie Delicath.

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED]
All 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 97 minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) was London’s longest running comedy! Join three madcap actors in tights as they weave their way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. Ed Stern returns to Xavier University Theatre to direct this hilarious play.

Ed Stern directed last year’s production of This is Our Youth at Xavier. For twenty years he was Producing Artistic Director of Cincinnati Playhouse in The Park where he directed diverse shows such as Othello, A Little Night Music, God of Carnage, Of Mice and Men, and Twelfth Night. He is a two-time Tony Award winner. He was founder and for eight years Artistic Director of Indiana Repertory Theatre. He has also taught at Rutgers University and the William Esper Acting School in New York.

The cast includes senior Alex Roberts, senior Eric Minion, junior Sara Ringenbach, and sophomore Nora Weisz (Understudy).

Other creative staff members include Joe Leonard (Technical Director and Set Design), Joe Beumer (Light Design) assisted by Kelly Markle, Maggie Dick (Costume Design), August Dice (Sound Design), and Tori Kirlay (Prop Design). The show is stage managed by Hannah Sheppard assisted by Ariel Georgeff and Emi Suarez.

Tickets for HAMLET and THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: ABRIDGED [REVISED] are available now through the Xavier University Theatre box office. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 each for students, faculty, and staff. You can visit the box office in Gallagher Student Center, go to www.xavier.edu/theatretickets, or call 513-745-3939. ###

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