"To be, or not to be: that is the question."
Or...for Kailey and Sam Spear of BlackSpear Productions, the question when creating their production of Hamlet, was less of an existential crisis and more of a gender identity one. This October, the two SFU grads will be sharing their version of the famous play, in which Hamlet will be played by a woman.
|Libby Osler as Hamlet|
The Spears' twins reimagination of Shakespeare's work brings a new dynamic to the classic character that is relevant and exciting to anyone who remembers Britney's famous head-shaving debacle of 2007, or Miley Cyrus' public identity crisis and, more recently, the many ups and downs of Amanda Bynes. Hamlet is reintroduced to us in a similar light, as a young, female royal grappling with fame and other struggles one in her position might face in a modern world.
The casting is exquisite for this production, featuring Libby Osler as Hamlet, Greg Delmage as Claudius and Annette Reilly as Laertes, as well as many other talented Vancouver actors. Yeah...I may be friends with these guys, but I swear I'm not biased! I had the pleasure of watching Libby's work during our classes with Andrew McIlroy, and I'm telling you the truth that you are in for a treat to see her tackle a role like this.
Hamlet opens October 29th, and runs until November 9th at Renegade Studios. You can find out more information here and you can get tickets here. Go and see this show this Halloween - you won't regret it!