Apollinaire Theatre Company presents Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard, at Theatre in the Park in English and Spanish, July 11-28, Wed.-Sun. at 7:30 Mary O'Malley Park, Commandant's Way, on the Chelsea Waterfront (Admiral's Hill).
This wickedly funny companion piece to Hamlet turns Shakespeare inside out and shows us what's going on offstage from the point of view of Hamlet’s school chums. The neurotic Guildenstern and hapless Rosencrantz do their best to understand their place in a world completely beyond their grasp.
Borrowing from Beckett and stealing from Shakespeare, Stoppard serves up a feast of wordplay, wit, and slapstick while exploring the timeless questions of identity, illusion, and being on a boat. An instant modern classic, R&G Are Dead won the 1968 Tony Award for Best Play, has appeared on stages all over the world, and became a major motion picture. R&G's three acts will be performed in distinct locations throughout the park, with the audience moving with the action. The park's historic dock stands in for the boat as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern set sail with Hamlet for England. Expect pirates!
Audiences are encouraged to bring blankets and beach chairs, and a picnic to enjoy along with the Boston harbor views.
Ron Lacey, recently seen in Apollinaire's production of Uncle Vanya as Astrov (Elliot Norton nominee for Outstanding Actor), stars in the role of Rosencrantz opposite Sean Cote's Guildenstern in English. Spanish nights' feature Juan C. Rodriguez and Keith Michael Pinault in the title roles.
These Free performances of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead are July 11-28, Wed.-Sun. at 7:30. English performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Spanish performances are Fridays and Sundays.
The production is staged environmentally in multiple locations in Mary O'Malley Park, Commandant's Way, on the Chelsea Waterfront (Admiral's Hill). Information/Directions: www.apollinairetheatre.com or (617) 887-2336. In case of rain, call (617) 887-2336 to check status.
Apollinaire Theatre Company stages passionate plays at their elegantly restored theater in the Chelsea Theatre Works, as well as New England's only bilingual free summer theater in the park. Less than five miles from downtown Boston, our historic building is at the center of the burgeoning Chelsea arts community. Recent productions include Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, The Wedding on the Eiffel Tower by Jean Cocteau, dark play or stories for boys by Carlos Murillo, Arabian Night by Roland Schimmelpfennig and Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, which will reopen for a 4 week run on October 3, 2012.
Director: Danielle Fauteux Jacques
Asst. Director: Joe Kidawski
Production Stage Manager: Travis Joyce
Stage Managers: Margaret Umbsen & Deirdre Connelly
ASMs: Krystal Lizdoulbakian & Alex Roy
Production Assistant: Kelly Kulesz
Set Design: Bryan Prywes
Scenic Artist: Tom Acevedo
Costume Design: Julie Dauber
Costume Intern: Jessica Hutchings
House Managers: Carol Bortman, Eli Bortman, Ida Rudolph
Rosencrantz: Ronald Lacey (English), Keith Michael Pinault (Spanish)
Guildenstern: Sean A. Cote (English), Juan C. Rodriguez (Spanish)
The Player: Sarah Bedard (English), Paola M. Ferrer (Spanish)
Alfred: Mike Handelman
Players: Heather Bonin, Tim Fairley, Laura Hubbard, Kelly Malone
Hamlet/Gertrude: Christie Lee Gibson
Gertrude/Hamlet: Mari Davila
Ophelia: Maria Jose Velasquez
Claudius: Tony Dangerfield
Polonius: Victor Hugo Arellano
Ensemble: Kelly Kulesz