Hamlet Abridged from the William Shakespeare text by Katy Brown

Barter Players, Abingdon, VA          Directed by Katy Brown

Produced with Support from the NEA's Shakespeare in American Communities Grant 

 

Design Team:

Set  - Holly M Breuer                   Lighting - Andrew Morehouse

Costumes - Liz Whittemore     Sound - Miles Polaski

Top of Show

Top of Show

"What, is Horatio there?"

"What, is Horatio there?"

"For all, our thanks are giv'n"

"For all, our thanks are giv'n"

"What do you read, my lord?"

"What do you read, my lord?"

"Did he receive you well?"

"Did he receive you well?"

"The good Gonzago"

"The good Gonzago"

"An thou hadst not come to my bed"

"An thou hadst not come to my bed"

"They are not near my conscience."

"They are not near my conscience."

"Alas, poor Yorick!"

"Alas, poor Yorick!"

"Now might I do it"

"Now might I do it"

"How now! A rat?"

"How now! A rat?"

"A hit, a very palpable hit."

"A hit, a very palpable hit."

"Now cracks a noble heart."

"Now cracks a noble heart."

Developmental Sketch

Developmental Sketch

Early Collage Rendering

Early Collage Rendering

Revised Rendering

Revised Rendering

Later Rendering

Later Rendering

Final Rendering

Final Rendering

Developmental Model

Developmental Model

In this actor-driven, story-focused, 6-person production of a newly abridged version of the text, the Barter Players sought to illuminate Hamlet's questions about his world and tie those musings to issues students may be currently dealing with. Director Brown requested that the visual world be representative of the "roots of America," feel dark and "tetanus-like," and provide places to hide. To cultivate a feeling of inclusion, we also decided to make some platforms act as audience egress, thus inviting and in fact forcing the audience to become a part of the scenic world. To that end, the set was constructed out of naturally aged lumber that had been sitting outside our scene shop for several months. The backdrop was sculpted out of 40 yards of natural muslin and painted into a dark, rust-based world. 

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Photography by Holly M Breuer

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