Tuesday, October 5, 2010

GTT Press Release: Bold re-interpretation of Shakespeare's Hamlet to be staged in Wicker Park

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GTT Press Release: Bold re-interpretation of Shakespeare's Hamlet to be staged in Wicker Park

For Immediate Release:
Press Contact: Jeffrey Gardner, Director, Gardner.Jeffrey@gmail.com.
Audience Contact: Gorilla Tango Theatre @ 773.598.4549, info@gorillatango.com
Kill Date: October 27, 2010

Gorilla Tango Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of HAMLETTES by Patrick Shaw

Chicago, IL (October 12 - October 26, 2010): This Fall, Gorilla Tango theatre presents HAMLETTES by Patrick Shaw, directed by Jeffrey Gardner. HAMLETTES investigates the collision between identity, control, art, and hormones as three pre-teen girls attempt to rehearse Shakespeare's classic tragedy, performing Tuesdays at 8pm, October 12 - 26, 2010, at Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago 60647. Tickets are $12; to purchase tickets call 773-598-4549 or visit www.gorillatango.com.

HAMLETTES follows a trio of 'tween girls as they attempt to rehearse Shakespeare's Hamlet. As the play progresses, the girls are ensnared more and more by the play, until they finally decide to rehearse by immersion, never dropping character. As they descend deeper into the play, the simultaneous discoveries of love, identity, and art lead to devastating results.

HAMLETTES was workshopped by Full Stop Collective in New York City, and was critically acclaimed at it's performance in the 2010 New York Fringe Festival, described as "a tale of adolescent angst... employing a clever marriage of Elizabethan poetry and modern tween-speak. "(http://www.nytheatre.com/), " If the title HAMLETTES evokes thoughts of, “Oh, wow, that sounds really cute,”you’re in for a major surprise. It is an insightful and creative modern adaptation..." (http://pxpplog.blogspot.com), and "...brilliant use of found text...Whether you know the source material or not (come on, you know it), Hamlettes will capture your fancy." (http://newyorktheatrereview.blogspot.com/)

The HAMLETTES cast features Jill Oliver as Alexandra, Martine Moore as Chloe, and
Alex Young as Ophelia. The show will be directed by Jeffrey Gardner. The design
team includes Betsey Palmer: Stage manager, and Becky Grajeda: Sound Design.

Jeffrey Gardner (Director) is a freelance director and dramaturg based in Chicago, in addition
to serving as the Marketing Coordinator for Collaboraction theatre (www.collaboraction.org).
Recent directing credits include Two Socks Discuss Loss (Simple Theatre), War Music (Fourth
River Theatre Ensemble), Of Mice and Men (MtV Arts), andThe Bacchae (Fourth River
Theatre Ensemble). Dramaturgical credits include the upcoming Heddatron (Sideshow Theatre
company at the Steppenwolf Garage), 1001 (Collaboraction), Medea with Child (Sideshow
Theatre), and G.I.F.T. (Collaboraction).

For more information or to schedule a review, please contact Jeffrey Gardner at Gardner.Jeffrey@gmail.com. For more on Gorilla Tango Theatre, please contact Kelly Williams, 773-598-4549 or kelly@gorillatango.com.
Gorilla Tango Theatre (GTT) is a year-round theatrical venue where audiences of all ages can consistently go to see a wide variety of talented artists. GTT exists to provide artists with an opportunity to produce their work in professional environment. GTT was created by Second City- and IO-Chicago-trained Dan Abbate and boasts an 80-seat performance space. GTT Chicago is conveniently located at the intersection of Western and Milwaukee in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood. Easily accessible by public transportation, GTT is steps away from the Western Blue Line stop and the #49 Western, #73 Armitage and #56 Milwaukee buses. Street parking is readily available. With shows for all ages, all GTT performances are on a rating system, similar to the one used in movie theatres. GTT offers a variety of affordable beer and wine for purchase. Consult the website for rating information, tickets, and details.

1919 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, 773.598.4549


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