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Begins Friday, April 23, 2021
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Barry Edelstein
Revenge thriller, ghost story, psychological drama, political epic, family saga. Packed with unforgettable characters, theatrical masterstrokes, and world-famous lines, Hamlet is one of the greatest plays ever written. Barry Edelstein’s 2017 staging of Shakespeare’s masterpiece was a smash hit on the Globe’s outdoor stage. Now the cast of that heralded production returns for an all-audio version that will transport you straight to Denmark’s haunted Elsinore castle.
Hamlet: On the Radio on KPBS is supported in part by Diane and John Berol, Karen and Donald Cohn, Jean and Gary Shekhter Fund for Classic Theatre, Darlene Marcos Shiley, in memory of Donald Shiley, The Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund, and the Estate of Jordine Von Wantoch. The artist sponsor for Grantham Coleman as Hamlet is Ann Davies.
William Shakespeare (Playwright), 1564–1616, was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist. During his career he wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and other verses. His body of plays consists of the tragedies Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Titus Andronicus, and Troilus and Cressida; the comedies All’s Well That Ends Well, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Measure for Measure, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Two Noble Kinsmen; the romances Cymbeline, Pericles, The Tempest, and The Winter’s Tale; and the histories Henry IV Parts I and II, Henry V, Henry VI Parts I, II, and III, Henry VIII, King John, Richard II, and Richard III. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.
Barry Edelstein (Director) is the Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director of The Old Globe and is a stage director, producer, author, and educator. He has directed over half of the Bard’s plays. His Globe directing credits include The Winter’s Tale, Othello, The Twenty-Seventh Man, the world premiere musical Rain, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Hamlet, the world premiere of The Wanderers, the American premiere of the musical Life After, and Romeo and Juliet. He also directed All’s Well That Ends Well as the inaugural production of the Globe for All community tour. During the 2020 shutdown caused by COVID-19, he has overseen online programming that includes the world premiere of Bill Irwin’s In-Zoom and Edelstein’s acclaimed series Thinking Shakespeare Live: Sonnets!, as well as a full lineup of free programs created and presented by the Department of Arts Engagement. In 2019 he oversaw the Globe’s inaugural Classical Directing Fellowship program, and in 2018 he directed The Tempest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. As Director of the Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater (2008–2012), Edelstein oversaw all of the company’s Shakespearean productions, as well as its educational, community outreach, and artist-training programs. At The Public, he staged the world premiere of The Twenty-Seventh Man, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Timon of Athens, and Steve Martin’s WASP and Other Plays. He was also Associate Producer of The Public’s Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino. From 1998 to 2003 he was Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company. His book Thinking Shakespeare, which was rereleased in a second edition in 2018, is the standard text on American Shakespearean acting. He is also the author of Bardisms: Shakespeare for All Occasions. He is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.
Lindsay Jones (Sound Design) has designed 17 shows at The Old Globe, including Barefoot in the Park, Skeleton Crew, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Opus, The Glass Menagerie, In This Corner, and Oscar and the Pink Lady. His Broadway credits include Slave Play, The Nap, Bronx Bombers, and A Time to Kill.His Off Broadway credits include Privacy and Kings (The Public Theater), Mankind and Bootycandy (Playwrights Horizons), Rx (Primary Stages), Top Secret (New York Theatre Workshop), and many others. Internationally he has designed Henry IV, Parts I and II (Royal Shakespeare Company) and Titus Andronicus (Stratford Festival). Jones’s regional credits include South Coast Repertory, Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, and others. His film and television scoring work includes The Brass Teapot (Magnolia Pictures) and the Academy Award–winning A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin (HBO Films). His audio drama work includes A Streetcar Named Desire (Audible), Gather (Playwrights Horizons), and the award-winning weekly podcast for children The Imagination Neighborhood. Jones has received two Tony Award nominations, for Best Score and Best Sound Design of a Play; seven Joseph Jefferson Awards and 24 nominations; two Ovation Awards and three nominations; and multiple nominations for Drama Desk, Barrymore, Helen Hayes, and Craig Noel Awards, among many others. lindsayjones.com.
Curtis Moore (Original Music) was last at the Globe with Hamletand SenseandSensibility.He wrote five original songs for last season’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” which garnered him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics. His musical Triangle premiered at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and received six San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards. He composed the music for Venice with Matt Sax and Eric Rosen (The Public Theater) and Nora Ephron’s play LuckyGuy starring Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut. With Thomas Mizer, Moore was awarded the 2016 Fred Ebb Award and the 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant. Along with Triangle, they wrote the musicals TheLegendofStagecoachMary(National Alliance for Musical Theatre) and TheBustoBuenosAires (Ensemble Studio Theatre). He conducted and performed the music in The Bridge Project’s critically acclaimed world tour of RichardIII, directed by Sam Mendes, and he composed the score for Barry Edelstein’s production of Othello (The Old Globe) and TimonofAthens (The Public Theater). With Matthew Brookshire, he wrote and performed the songs for Todd Solondz’s film Palindromes (Venice, Toronto, Telluride, and New York Film Festivals). trickybox.com.
Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager) has previously worked on The Old Globe’s world premiere musicals Almost Famous, Clint Black’s Looking for Christmas, The Heart of Rock & Roll, Benny & Joon, October Sky, Bright Star, Dog and Pony, Allegiance, A Room with a View, and Kingdom. Some of her additional credits include Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show, Life After; The Tempest; The Wanderers; Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Kiss Me, Kate; The Winter’s Tale; Be a Good Little Widow; and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. Nero worked on the Broadway production of Bright Star and launched the first national tour. Most recently, she worked on Fly directed by Jeffrey Seller at La Jolla Playhouse. Other select LJP credits include Sideways directed by Des McAnuff, Ruined directed by Liesl Tommy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Christopher Ashley, Herringbone directed by Roger Rees and starring BD Wong. Nero has worked with several prominent regional theatres including The Kennedy Center, Center Theatre Group, Hartford Stage, SITI Company, Huntington Theatre Company, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, to name a few.
Alyssa Escalante (Assistant Stage Manager) is a Los Angeles–based stage manager born in San Diego and raised in El Cajon. Her recent credits include The Bacchae (SITI Company/Guthrie Theater), Hold These Truths (San Diego Repertory Theatre), Fireflies, M. Butterfly, Photograph 51, Culture Clash (Still) in America, and Gem of the Ocean (South Coast Repertory), A Streetcar Named Desire, Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, and Happy Days (Boston Court Pasadena), The Haunted House Party (Troubadour Theater), and Criers for Hire (East West Players).