FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2PM … Renowned Shakespearean scholar, Dr. Barbara Bono, will present a Talk entitled: “Hamlets and Your Hamlet: A Conversation about Famous Hamlets, the ICTC Hamlet, and Your Hamlet” at the Irish Classical Theatre Company in collaboration with its production of “Hamlet.”
The Talks will be held at ICTC Sunday, May 12 at approximately 4:30 PM, following the Matinee performance at 2PM; and Saturday, May 18 at 2 PM, prior to the Matinee performance at 3PM. Both will be presented at ICTC’s Andrews Theatre, 625 Main Street, Buffalo, in the heart of Buffalo’s Theatre District. Tickets to these two and other performances are available at: https://irishclassical.com/hamlet/.
If you think about it, pretty much everybody has a Hamlet. The most famous text of western literature after the Bible, a play full of questions which literally beings with the challenge “Who’s there?”, we have all heard something about it, and some of us think we know it very well indeed. Deeply contemplative but driven by revenge, political and skeptical, misogynist and Oedipal, melancholic and very funny, it challenges us with its twists and contradictions. And then there are the performances, in a stage tradition extending from Richard Burbage in Shakespeare’s own day to Benedict Cumberbatch in ours, and including film versions from Laurence Olivier through Nicol Williamson and Mel Gibson to Kenneth Branagh, David Tennant, and Ethan Hawke. The Irish Classical Theatre Company’s new production of the play offers audiences a chance to think yet again about what is their Hamlet, and to talk it over before or after the play with UB Shakespearean Dr. Barbara Bono.
“Hamlet” is directed by Kate LoConti Alcocer and stars Anthony Alcocer as “Hamlet.”
Barbara Bono, Associate Professor in the UB Departments of English and Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, has been an all-purpose Shakespearean for over 40 years now, studying and teaching his works in both their historical and theoretical contexts but also in performance and film adaptations. In addition to her scholarly credentials, she has received several teaching and mentoring awards and has, for twenty years, been UB’s representative to the Folger Institute of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. In 2016 she organized the year-long region-wide commemorative celebration, Buffalo Bard 2016: 400 Years Since Shakespeare, and, as a regular subscriber to the Irish Classical Theatre, is delighted to have been asked to participate in this behind-the-scenes and across-the-boards collaboration