The show I’m in this summer is set to open–and it’s a biggie.
To see or not to see Hamlet — that is the question. Luckily, the answer is easy: TO SEE! In fact, if you can only watch one Shakespeare play in your lie, that play should be Hamlet. And if you can only watch five Shakespeare plays in your life, I recommend watching Hamlet five times. But I’m funny that way.
In any case, I hope you can attend one of the 11 performances of Shakespeare in the Vines’ production of The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, at Baily Winery in Temecula. The play opens July 14 and runs through July 30. The director is the brilliant and lovely Wendi Johnson. The talented Michael Guccione takes on the role of the Melancholy Dane. I’m doing a two-for-one as King Claudius and his murdered brother, aka Ghost Hamlet.
Be sure to purchase your tickets early, especially if you prefer “royal seating” at one of the tables. Here’s where you can order tickets: https://tickets.temeculatheater.org/eventperformances.asp?evt=958
For information or updates, feel free to visit shakespeareinthevines.com.
See you at the show!
Rob Crisell is an author, actor, teacher, and Shakespearean in Temecula, CA. He teaches poetry and Shakespeare with the Murrieta Valley Union School District as part of its Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) program. He is a Shakespeare lecturer with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. He has acted in The Merchant of Venice, Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), Baskerville, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Tempest (Prospero), Macbeth, Othello (Iago), and others. Over the quarantine, he has acted in Much Ado About Nothing and Merry Wives of Windsor (with Nathan Agin’s “A Working Actor’s Journey production) and King Lear (Quarantine Players). He has written and performed several one-man plays featuring Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Shakespeare in America. He’s the author of Shakespeare’s Book of Wisdom: Advice on Living a Wiser, Happier Life from William Shakespeare & Friends (DePortola Press 2018). His 2016 TED Talk is “How NOT to Hate Shakespeare.” His verse adaptation of Sophocles’ Electra will be produced by Full Circle Players in Riverside, California in October 2020. He is a graduate of Yale University and George Mason University Law School. For details, visit www.robcrisell.com or www.facebook/robcrisellactor/.
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I saw the show last night, along with my “bardner” in crime, Cynthia. We loved your performance, both as Claudius and the ghost. You are such a stand out. Well done!
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