"Bad Hamlet" | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

"Bad Hamlet"

April 3, 2011 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program; co-sponsored by Women's Studies

A play written by Lillian DeRitter and Anthea Carns

Set in the void between text and performance, Bad Hamlet witnesses the battle between six seminal versions of the melancholy Dane: three female Hamlets from different time periods and the three textual versions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the earliest of which is often called the "Bad Quarto." What starts off as two battling scholars' academic exercise quickly becomes a story about a courtier’s fight to save not one but two Ophelias and to keep his best friend from sacrificing himself to an ideal that no one can truly capture: the legacy of Hamlet itself.

Bad Hamlet was originally produced at Carnegie Mellon University as part of the Playground Festival. The play has recently been accepted for the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska.

Free and open to the public.

Questions? Please contact the Director of the  Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, Professor Jennifer Waldron (jwaldron@pitt.edu)

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