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Hamlet is set to open on July 14, 2016 at Baily’s Winery!

The greatest play ever written, Hamlet, is opening soon at Baily Winery. I will be playing Hamlet’s evil Uncle Claudius as well as his ghost dad, who is not evil but is still in Purgatory. Poor guy.

Order your tickets now. For those of you interested, I know that Monisha and Miranda plan to attend the July 16 show.

For tickets, go to the Temecula Theater site which is handling all orders, https://tickets.temeculatheater.org/?category=40

HAMLET

Directed by WENDI JOHNSON

July 14 (Preview), 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29 & 30

7:30 pm (seating begins at 6:30 pm)

[From Director Wendi Johnson’s Note]

I will find where truth is hid, though it were hid indeed within the center.

It might be Polonius’ line, but it is the Prince of Denmark’s obsession. Hamlet is—at its heart—a quest for truth.

When the prince returns from school in Wittenberg to attend his father’s funeral, he discovers that his mother has hastily and suspiciously married his uncle Claudius, who in turn has usurped Hamlet’s rightful position as Denmark’s king. When Hamlet is visited by a spirit who claims to be his murdered father, he has all the information he needs to seek revenge on his uncle.

But the truth remains elusive. Is it an honest ghost or a demon from hell? Is Claudius a murderer or is he being framed by infernal powers? Is Ophelia an honest lover or just another cat’s paw of the king? Are Rosencrantz and Guildenstern old friends or duplicitous spies? Is Gertrude in league with Claudius or simply his pawn? In the process of sorting out the truth from the lies, Hamlet is fanatical, and at times, merciless. His iconic depression stems not so much from his father’s death, but from his burning desire to find honesty in a world of lies and deception.

It is a world in which all of us struggle from time to time. Hamlet is a masterpiece because it is the ultimate artistic expression of the struggle.