Touring to Schools April 4 – May 4
Free Public Performance at the Hawaii State Library on Thursday April 21 at 6:30pm
Directed by R. Kevin Garcia Doyle, assisted by Amanda Stone
I have been closely involved with three and a half productions of Hamlet. In addition to this current production, I stage managed a production in the 80’s, directed one for the first season of the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival and played Hamlet in director Paul Mitri’s version of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Every time I work on it, I say the same thing: “Now, finally, I understand Hamlet.”
One of the things that has allowed Shakespeare’s work to thrive for 400 years is that he addresses many universal themes, characters and situations in his plays. This is very true in regards to Hamlet. For example, the title character is reeling from the death of his father and is having a hard time moving on with his life. Furthermore, Hamlet has a new step-father whom he despises. The prince struggles with mortality – he wonders if life is worth living and worries about what might happen after death. He breaks up with his girlfriend, Ophelia. His girlfriend’s dad (Polonius) and brother (Laertes) don’t seem to like him very much. He fights with his mom. He has a best friend (Horatio) with whom he can share his secrets. These are all things that still feel fresh today because they’re all things that humans still experience today.
Oh, and there’s a ghost and a bunch of murders too.
Following a long tradition of actresses playing Hamlet (starting perhaps with Sarah Bernhardt in the 19th century), we’ve chosen to have an all-female cast play our show. During Shakespeare’s time, of course, his shows were played with all-male casts. Amanda and I believe that having an all female cast also highlights how men were allowed to behave in Shakespeare’s time but are, perhaps, discouraged from behaving now. We encourage you to consider this as you discuss the play.
Thank you so much for watching our show. We hope you enjoy it!
–R. Kevin Garcia Doyle, April 2016
R. KEVIN GARCIA DOYLE is a founding member of the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival. For the Festival, he’s directed Hamlet, Henry IV Part 1, All’s Well That Ends Well, The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida, Othello, and Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops To Conquer. He’s also directed Measure for Measure, Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors. Doyle also has directed locally at UH Manoa, Kumu Kahua Theater, All The World’s A Stage Theater Co., and at Manoa Valley Theater. Doyle is also heavily involved in the improvisational theater scene in Hawaii, particularly with On The Spot.
Jaime Bradner: Hamlet
JAIME BRADNER is extremely thrilled to be a part this spring’s touring cast of Hamlet. Previous to playing the brooding Prince of Denmark, she appeared in several productions for the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, most notably as Desdemona/Shadow Desdemona in Othello (2015). She has studied theatre and voice at Leeward Community College, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has performed in numerous productions at Kumu Kahua Theatre, Leeward Theatre and Mark’s Garage. She is currently studying to be a therapist, and hopes to incorporate her passion for theatre as a healing technique for others. She would like to thank her family and friends for their love and support, as well as R. Kevin Garcia Doyle and Amanda Stone for this amazing opportunity.
Anna Hamaguchi: Ghost, Claudius, Ophelia, Player King, Gravedigger, Osric
ANNA HAMAGUCHI is currently working toward her MFA in acting from UH Manoa and holds a BA in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California. In Los Angeles, she appeared in numerous independent films such as Clear Lake, WI, Philipe’s Sandwich and Jonathan, for which she won Best Actress at the Pan Pacific Film Festival. She also produced and performed in original works with a theatre company she co-founded, Streetlamp Studio. Most recently she performed with the New Haven Theatre Company, Clockwork Repertory Theatre and Playhouse on Park in Connecticut. She also appeared in Episode 5 of “Hawaii 5-0” this past season. She is excited to be in her first Hawaii Shakespeare Festival production!
Christine Lamborn: Horatio, Gertrude, Laertes, Polonius, Player Queen
CHRISTINE LAMBORN has earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from Belmont University where she studied Theater with an emphasis in Performance. She is elated to be working with director R. Kevin Doyle and the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival again. She has appeared in several productions for the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, most recently as Desdemona and Shadow Desdemona in last year’s production of Othello; and as Sempronious in HSF’s past summer production of Timon of Athens. She has performed at a number of other local theatres, including Kumu Kahua Theatre, Manoa Valley Theatre, and Leeward Theatre. She has also been involved with several local TV and radio commercials, independent film productions, and performed with various Improv Theater Companies. You can find out more about her past acting experience and upcoming roles by going to her website: cslamborn.wix.com/actor.
Director: R. Kevin Garcia Doyle
Assistant Director and Lead Script Editor: Amanda Stone
Costume Designer: Carlynn Wolfe
Set Designer: R. Andrew Doan
Fight Choreography: Tony Pisculli
Tour Coordinator: Lacey Chu
Many thanks to Mid-Pacific Institute and Sharon Racho Garcia Doyle.