This modern "tragical-comical-historical" is near to my heart, and I very much hope that you have a chance to see it. Two years ago we did a reading of this play at the Arts Center at 12 Main, and have wanted to do a full production ever since. Now that's happening, and it's also our first attempt at a full production in our Arts Center, another milestone.
In this play, young Prince Hamlet (which role I have the honor of returning to) is an undergrad in his final year at Wittenberg University. His favorite professors & personal mentors are Father Martin Luther (played to fiery perfection by new company member James Luse) and Doctor Faustus (who else but Dennis Patella, who captured the role so perfectly two years ago in our reading).
Also joining our cast is local favorite & ATTP veteran Lauren Hansen, who will be playing the role set down in the script as The Eternal Feminine, which actually consists of no less than four diverse characters of the female persuasion.
You might have some doubts about a comedy/drama which is full of rich references to Elizabethan theatre & 16th-century Catholic doctrinal controversies. But I believe that this play will make you chuckle, guffaw, & perhaps also weep over the course of its two hours. Perhaps the best way to think of it is as the perfect prequel to Shakespeare's Hamlet, Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, and the entire Protestant Reformation -- all at once! I sincerely hope you'll join us. Tickets & details are (as always) on advicetotheplayers.org! See you in Wittenberg!
And a testimonial from someone who has seen the show:
How much do I love Sandwich ...let me count the ways. To have access to provocative theater with talented neighbors and stunning professionals from my other home ...NYC...HEAVEN! I saw ATTP's Wittenberg on Saturday and Wow!!! What a feat. The play is profound...literally. And though I felt moments of regret that I nodded off in philosophy and comparative religion classes the performances carried me through. There are 4 performers in this epic play. They are all amazing. Our two wonderful locals, Andrew, born to play Hamlet, was wonderful. Lauren, the eternal feminine, and the only woman, playing numerous roles (as we so often do) was great. Luse was an amazing Martin Luther. Truly amazing! Had I only met him in college when I was trying to make sense of things.
And then the GLORIOUS Dennis Carlo Patella, (Faustus). Because I live half my life in NYC, I get to see a lot of live theater..Broadway, off Broadway. And I have to say, Dennis is one of the best stage actors I've ever seen. The privilege of sitting 5 feet from him, 1 mile from my home, surrounded by my neighbors, in a beautiful barn, in my little home town, in NH... What a privilege. Don't miss him! And all the other gems of this show. Thank you ATTP for bringing this to us. R.C.