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THE 6TH ACT
Presents
HAMLET
Written by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Directed by MATTHEW LEAVITT

Limited Engagement opens Saturday, March 2
at The New American Theatre in Hollywood!
Five Extraordinary Actors. One Unforgettable Hamlet.

THE 6th ACT presents a unique and multi-cultural look at one of the great literary characters of all time in William Shakespeare's HAMLET, directed by Matthew Leavitt and featuring June Carryl, Janet Greaves, Lorne Green, Desiree Mee Jung and Luke McClure, ALL as the Prince of Denmark. Additionally, THE 6TH ACT will be the New American Theatre's resident company for the year and HAMLET will be their inaugural production in this theatre. HAMLET will preview on Friday, March 1 at 8pm; and will open on Saturday, March 2 at 8pm and run through Sunday, March 31 at The New American Theatre, 1312 N. Wilton Place in Hollywood.

HAMLET as we've never seen it before: Five actors of different races, genders and ages will all play Hamlet for one act each in this new production that explores the universal nature of this singular character that still haunts and resonates within us all.

ABOUT THE CREATIVE TEAM AND CAST
MATTHEW LEAVITT (Director) a life-long Los Angeles native, is an award-winning playwright, director, librettist, and the co-artistic director of The 6th Act. His play The Boomerang Effect (published by Samuel French) had hugely successful runs at both The Odyssey and The Zephyr Theatres, and has enjoyed productions throughout the US and UK. In 2013, he was commissioned by Placido Domingo and LA Opera to write the libretto for a new opera Orpheus, with award-winning classical and film composer Nathan Wang. Leavitt and Wang are currently collaborating with on their second LA Opera commission, a new opera The Wreck of the Miranda. His most recent directorial effort was Double Play at the Stephanie Feury Theatre. Other directing credits include Barfly Shakespeare (The 6thAct), Twelfth Night (Village Green Productions), The Taming of the Shrew (Village Green Productions), Arrival (Sci-Fest LA), Human History (Sci-Fest LA), Crossed Currents (JANM Tateuchi Democracy Forum), Ladies of State (Working Stage), Goes The Weasel (Ammunition Theatre Company), as well as assistant director/dramaturg for Romeo and Juliet at A Noise Within.

LIZA SENECA (Co-Artistic Director, “The 6th Act”) is originally from The Netherlands, but has called Los Angeles home for many years now. An actress, producer, and director, she has appeared on countless LA, NYC, and regional stages. Select theater credits include Ameryka (Center Theatre Group/Critical Mass), Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Cloud 9 at Antaeus, Pericles, Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, & 3, and The Merchant of Venice with the Porters of Hellsgate, Macbeth (Colorado Shakespeare Festival), Pulp Shakespeare (NYC and LA Premieres), Collected Stories (The Group Rep), Matthew Leavitt's The Boomerang Effect (World Premiere - Odyssey), A Shayna Maidel (ICT), Much Ado About Nothing (Kentucky Shakespeare) and most recently An Evening of Betrayal (The 6th Act). She is a member of both The Antaeus Company and The Porters of Hellsgate. She has been seen on television in recurring roles on The Following and Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures, Grey's Anatomy, Lie to Me, Monk, Big Love, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, and Alias.
Her film work includes Night Eyes, Zwartboek (Black Book), and The Drama Club, among others. Her voice can be heard in numerous commercials, industrials, and films, including Ready Player One, Finding Dory and Lego Batman. She is the co-creator and producer of the Bard tribute series This Week in Shakespeare - www.youtube.com/weeklyshakes

The cast of HAMLET will feature (in alphabetical order): June Carryl (Celebration Theatre's Cabaret, Netflix's “Mindhunter”), Janet Greaves (Eastenders, Peter Hall Company), Lorne Green (Critical Mass Performance Group Ameryka at the Kirk Douglas; The America Play, The 365 Play Project and Alcestis), Desiree Mee Jung (South Coast Rep's Sense and Sensibility, Colorado Shakespeare's Love's Labours' Lost) and Luke McClure (Del Shores' Yellow and Southern Baptist Sissies).

The Design Team for HAMLET is as follows: Set Design by Gary Lee Reed; Lighting Design by Josephine Wang; Sound Design by Nick Neidorf; Costume Design by Ashphord Jacoway. The Production Stage Manager is Josie Austin. HAMLET is produced by Liza Seneca.

Reviews

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"Leavitt and co-producer Liza Seneca understand how this character strikes a universal chord, expressing a spectacular emotional range as Hamlet wrestles with life's deepest questions. Five actors of different races, genders and ages, all play Hamlet for one act each in this groundbreaking production... This production is a wonderful, cathartic joy."

sweet - Bob Rich - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


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"Matthew Leavitt directs and to him I will be eternally grateful for this beautiful piece of theatre. Somehow I saw Hamlet so much more clearly than I had before. Through five lenses, through five sets of eyes and five beating hearts. The players are absolutely wonderful and all their roles truthfully, fiercely and impeccably played, with humor, tenderness, soulfulness and brevity"

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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"Director Matthew Leavitt's updated take on the Bard's famous tragedy, though far from perfect, offers some enjoyable quirks and surprises. This, however, is not a Hamlet that will resonate especially well with those who are new to the play, or, alas, with diehard purists."

sweet-sour - Lovell Estell III - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Don't let the thought of “yet another Hamlet” deter you from catching The 6th Act's latest. Simply put, if you see any Shakespeare in 2019 (and even professed Bardphobes like this reviewer owe it to themselves to see Shakespeare at least once a year), let it be this one, a Hamlet like no other before."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


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"Leavitt and co-producer Liza Seneca understand how this character strikes a universal chord, expressing a spectacular emotional range as Hamlet wrestles with life's deepest questions. Five actors of different races, genders and ages, all play Hamlet for one act each in this groundbreaking production... This production is a wonderful, cathartic joy."

sweet - Bob Rich - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


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"Matthew Leavitt directs and to him I will be eternally grateful for this beautiful piece of theatre. Somehow I saw Hamlet so much more clearly than I had before. Through five lenses, through five sets of eyes and five beating hearts. The players are absolutely wonderful and all their roles truthfully, fiercely and impeccably played, with humor, tenderness, soulfulness and brevity"

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts District - ...read full review


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"Director Matthew Leavitt's updated take on the Bard's famous tragedy, though far from perfect, offers some enjoyable quirks and surprises. This, however, is not a Hamlet that will resonate especially well with those who are new to the play, or, alas, with diehard purists."

sweet-sour - Lovell Estell III - Stage Raw - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Don't let the thought of “yet another Hamlet” deter you from catching The 6th Act's latest. Simply put, if you see any Shakespeare in 2019 (and even professed Bardphobes like this reviewer owe it to themselves to see Shakespeare at least once a year), let it be this one, a Hamlet like no other before."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review