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Event Slides Per Node 1415

  • Sad Mag calls Prince Hamlet “a refreshing and necessary adaptation to the story.” A woman lying next to a pile of stones hoists herself up from the ground.
  • Two actors with painted faces and wearing fancy clothing speak to a couple sitting together.
  • An actor looks down as she makes sign language gestures. The Globe and Mail says “signing adds a sensational layer.”
  • Actors on the sidelines watch two actors pose as if prepared to fight.

Prince Hamlet
A Bilingual Why Not Theatre Production
Adapted and Directed by Ravi Jain
ASL and Visual Translation by Dawn Jani Birley

7:30 pm Friday, September 16, 2022
2:00 pm Saturday, September 17, 2022
7:30 pm Saturday, September 17, 2022

Ravi Jain’s remixed, reimagined, and bilingual Prince Hamlet features a cross-cultural, gender-bent cast — challenging traditional ideas of who can tell this story. Interweaving William Shakespeare’s spoken text with heightened and poetic American Sign Language, this groundbreaking production creates a visually stunning retelling for both hearing and Deaf audiences. You’ve never experienced Hamlet like this.

The production stars Eli Pauley as Hamlet and Dawn Jani Birley as Horatio (Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Actress in a Play).

This performance contains clothed simulated sexual activity and violence.

Post-performance discussion

The September 16 performance will be followed by a conversation with members of the cast.

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Adult $35
University Park Student $5
18 and Younger $18

support provided by
Gerald B. M. and Sylvia Stein Endowment
George Trudeau Endowment for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes Penn State student prices possible.

These performances are presented in partnership with the Penn State School of Theatre.

This tour is made possible with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Abroad, and The Lindy Green Family Foundation. ASL is supported by the Government of Finland.

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