Bad Hamlet

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Coin & Ghost, LA’s theatrical home for remixed mythologies, is thrilled to announce its second season: MYTH-REMEMBERED. The emerging theatre company will launch its season with the World Premiere of Bad Hamlet, an irreverent, interactive, and inventive play that places Shakespeare’s masterpiece directly up against the many interpretations of it, whether accurate, misremembered, or re-invented entirely. Devised by the ensemble and directed by Rob Adler, Bad Hamlet will run from Thursday, July 25th, through Saturday, August 24, 2019, at New American Theatre in Hollywood. The first show will be the designated preview performance, with opening night taking place on Friday, July 26th.

Coin & Ghost (C&G) will mount fifteen Bad Hamlet performances over the five-week run, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00pm. Tickets cost $25 for general admission and, as always, C&G will offer a healthy mix of Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC) tickets for certain shows. PWYC Nights will include the Preview (7/25) as well as EVERY TICKET during the second and third weekends (8/1-8/10)! New American Theatre is located at 1312 N. Wilton Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90028.

“Though we like to think of memory as straightforward and objective, it’s actually a very fluid process,” says Davidson, C&G’s artistic director. “Each time we access a memory, we’re likely to change it, to add or omit certain details as we attempt to recall and/or recreate it. Each of the three, incredible projects we’ve chosen for Season Two are well-worn stories, so vivid, so etched into our collective memory…that they can’t possibly be true. This season—constructed entirely of Coin & Ghost Originals—is all about exploring the space between our memory of events and the objective reality of them.”

C&G’s subversive new season begins this summer with Bad Hamlet, an ensemble-devised bootleg of Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Based on the legend of “the bad quarto”—the unbelievable-but-true story of how the first published version of Hamlet was stolen and recreated from memory by one of Shakespeare’s original actors—Bad Hamlet will be a unique, unpredictable, and extraordinary theatrical event that explores the intersection of Shakespeare, memory, modern technology and Los Angeles.
In addition to Adler, the Bad Hamlet production team includes Hannah Athena Lawton (Costumes), Joey Guthman (Lighting Design), Costa Ciminiello (Video Consultant) and Jason Denuszek (Assistant Director). The ambitious team is made complete with Coin & Ghost’s inner circle that includes its Artistic Director Zachary Reeve Davidson (Producer), Managing Director Marguerite French (Producer), Associate Artistic Director/Music Director Elisa Rosin (Producer), Associate Artistic Director Kendall Johnson (Producer), Production Manager Niki Armato (Assistant Director/Stage Manager) and Director of Community Engagement Joseph Baca (Producer). The ensemble includes Casey Dunn, Julián Juaquín, Akshaya Pattanayak, Chris Schultz, Hannah Trujillo, and Lauren Vitz, as well as some faces familiar to C&G audiences, such as Davidson, French, and Rosin.

Suggested age limit is 16-years or older due to adult themes and conversations. Mobile phone use will be encouraged for this production!

Reviews

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Director Rob Adler has no lack of creative ideas, but they vary wildly in quality and execution...

As a company Coin & Ghost clearly has talent and ambition, but in this production, it’s unclear what the group is trying to say.

sour - Terry Morgan - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey

Despite the fact that Bad Hamlet has a talented cast, the production comes off in an interminably long big-budget exploratory college thesis with no core message or roadmap. It becomes a chore to watch and a reminder that, indeed, it’s not about the story, it’s about the way the story is told.

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Billed as “bootlegged” by William Shakespeare and the people of Los Angeles, BAD HAMLET isn’t “bad” in any way. In fact, it’s quite appealing! It won’t be a spoiler alert to inform those that has yet to experience this new method of stage storytelling that everyone meets their match since the original source as extracted is some multiple centuries old, but that is what occurs. Call this piece as Shakespeare for a new generation.

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review


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Director Rob Adler has no lack of creative ideas, but they vary wildly in quality and execution...

As a company Coin & Ghost clearly has talent and ambition, but in this production, it’s unclear what the group is trying to say.

sour - Terry Morgan - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Matt Ritchey

Despite the fact that Bad Hamlet has a talented cast, the production comes off in an interminably long big-budget exploratory college thesis with no core message or roadmap. It becomes a chore to watch and a reminder that, indeed, it’s not about the story, it’s about the way the story is told.

sour - Matt Ritchey - Gia On the Move - ...read full review


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Billed as “bootlegged” by William Shakespeare and the people of Los Angeles, BAD HAMLET isn’t “bad” in any way. In fact, it’s quite appealing! It won’t be a spoiler alert to inform those that has yet to experience this new method of stage storytelling that everyone meets their match since the original source as extracted is some multiple centuries old, but that is what occurs. Call this piece as Shakespeare for a new generation.

sweet - Rich Borowy - Accessibly Live Off-Line - ...read full review