'Hamlet Redux' loses three hours, keeps the drama

DeKALB—With its fifth production of the 2012-2013 Studio Series season of plays, Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance will present a new take on a classic tale with "Hamlet Redux," a story of political intrigue and one man’s battle with personal demons.

Written by William Shakespeare, the adapted play will run from Feb. 13 through 17 in the Stevens Building Corner Theatre on the NIU campus.

War and relationships, both political and personal, are at the forefront of "Hamlet Redux." Iin Denmark during the 1940s, Hamlet experiences an industrial, rigid world where there is more to people than simply “good” or “bad.”

“It is a military nation where everyone is quite paranoid and controlled by the government with propaganda,” said stage manager T.C. Fair.

Director Stanton Davis said Hamlet’s world isn’t always safe.

“To me, it is a very political world where it is very dangerous for people,” Davis said. “I don’t see anyone as a bad guy. It’s a tragedy for everyone.”

Davis said that a full production of "Hamlet" runs about five hours. This staged version has been cut to two hours by eliminating peripheral storylines and focusing on what most people understand as the actual tragedy of "Hamlet." As the war wages on, Hamlet must face an inner battle of his own.

Although "Hamlet Redux" has been pared down, Fair said all of the classic text and scenes are still present, including sword fights, stage combat and plenty of drama.

'Hamlet Redux'

7:30 p.m. Feb. 13-17
2 p.m. Feb. 16 and 17
Stevens Building Corner Theatre, NIU
Tickets are $6 and can purchased one hour before show time at the theater box office.

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