On Wednesday, November 9, 29 students in Ms. Gould-Martin’s AP Literature class traveled to St. Paul for Park Square Theatre’s Production of Shakespeare’s ”Hamlet.” Students in the course had read and studied Hamlet right before the trip as part of this term’s curriculum and were excited to see the play and compare it to the text. Students also attended the trip as part of a ScholarShift module, many of whom will be taking the English elective Shakespeare’s Tragedies in the winter.
Hamlet was played by Kory LaQuess Pullam, a Texan who is making his way in the Chicago and Twin Cities theater scenes. This particular production had a few roles gender reversed and cast. Horatio, Hamlet’s friend was cast as a woman, and Polonius, Ophelia’s father, was ‘Polonia’, now Ophelia’s mother.
The play was on the proscenium stage and notable was a lighted giant square, which was used for various effects throughout the show.
The adaptation by director Joel Sass included a few other notable changes as well. Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy occurred in a rather fast-paced moment during the mousetrap play. Other soliloquies were also cut or dramatically reduced to keep up with the pace of production. The setting was no longer medieval but more 20th century with guns instead of daggers.