September 13, 2016
The National Players will kick off the university's 2016-17 Artist Series with a performance of Shakespeare's most seminal play, Hamlet. The production begins at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in Degenstein Center Theater.
The prince of Denmark returns home from school to find his family life in ruins-his father dead, his mother remarried, and his uncle (now stepfather) ruling the country. When his father's ghost appears with dire announcements, Hamlet struggles to redefine his life and find his way forward.
This is the first time in 32 years that National Players has produced Shakespeare's most prolific play. Come see it again in a new light. National Players is the touring program of Olney Theatre Center (OTC), an Equity house located just north of Washington, D.C., featuring its own nine-show resident season. Following three months of rehearsals, the 10-member ensemble opens each OTC show before embarking on its annual tour.
Continuing its legacy as America's longest-running touring company, National Players travels to all corners of the country presenting theatre, theatre education and arts integration to communities of all sizes and backgrounds.From Vermont to New Mexico, the National Players has performed for nearly three million people in 41 states.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for non-SU students, and may be purchased from the university box office in person or by calling 570-372-ARTS (2787). The box office, located in Degenstein Center Theater lobby, is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m.