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Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, The Real Thing, Coast of Utopia) has personally given The Acting Company the rights to tour his landmark TONY award-winning play. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern centers on the misadventures and musings of two minor characters—childhood friends of the Prince—from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is structured as the inverse of Hamlet; the title characters are the leads, not supporting players, and Hamlet himself has only a small part. The duo appears on stage in this play when they are off-stage in Shakespeare’s play, with the exception of a few short scenes in which the dramatic events of both plays coincide.Focusing on free will vs. determinism, the search for value and the impossibility of certainty, the play has a love for cleverness and language, treating it as a confounding system fraught with ambiguity to engage and delight the audience.

A TONY winner and one of today’s most talented artists, John Rando (Broadway’s Urinetown, The Wedding Singer) will direct this play for The Acting Company, as he did Trevor Nunn’s Comedy of Errors in 2001. John’s early work included serving as Staff Repertory Director on tour with The Acting Company.

Since its founding by the legendary John Houseman and Margot Harley in 1972, The Acting Company has launched the careers of some of today’s finest actors—Kevin Kline, Rainn Wilson, Patti LuPone, Jeffrey Wright, Frances Conroy, Jesse L. Martin to name a few—while performing 138 productions all across the country. See for yourself what makes The Acting Company the most praised touring repertory theater in America.
Ticket Information: Adult/$24, Senior/$21, Student/$15
UTC Faculty, Staff and Student Discounts Available
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