LOVE AND DEATH: HOUSTON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
BALANCES BARD’S BEST
It’s been said that opposites attract, and for 30 years,
the Houston Shakespeare Festival (HSF) has proven this by drawing
thousands to both the Bard’s comedies and tragedies.
This year’s festival is no exception, pairing the romantic
farce “As You Like It” with the dark drama “Hamlet.”
“Shakespeare’s great gift is that he wrote on many levels
of appeal,” said Sidney Berger, director of UH’s School
of Theatre and HSF founder. “Audiences from different walks
of life can enjoy all of his plays.”
Berger directed “As You Like It” and updated Shakespeare’s
magical tale to the early 20th century.
Conversely, “Hamlet” is set in desolate medieval surroundings
to enhance the depravity of its characters.
Carolyn Houston Boone, the play’s director and associate
professor of theater, feels that this “Hamlet” effectively
depicts the title character’s emotional quest for justice
– and his family’s tainted morals.
“Something is indeed rotten in Denmark,” Boone said.
“I wanted this version to show how lustful and immoral Hamlet’s
family is as he embarks on a journey that leaves him torn and nearly
UH’s School of Theatre produces HSF, providing personnel,
offices, rehearsal space and scene and costume shops. The festival
is co-sponsored by the City of Houston.
Since its inception in 1975, HSF has entertained nearly a half
million theatergoers with free performances in Hermann Park’s
Miller Outdoor Theatre. All productions feature student performers
and professional Equity actors.
Performances begin at 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets
are required for covered seating and are available at the Miller
box office between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and one hour prior to each
performance. For more information, call the box office at 713-284-8352
or visit http://www.class.uh.edu/theatre/Performance/hsf.htm.
||2005 Houston Shakespeare Festival: “As You
Like It” and “Hamlet”
||“As You Like It”: 8:30 p.m. July 30, August 3,
5, 11, 13
“Hamlet”: 8:30 p.m. July 29, August
4, 6, 10, 12
||Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park
||The University of Houston’s School of Theatre
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