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February 14, 2011

RSU Theatre to Present ‘Hamlet, Prince of Denmark' Feb. 17-19

The Rogers State University theatre department will present three performances of William Shakespeare's "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" on Feb. 17 to 19.

"Hamlet" will be the first full production staged in the new Performance Studio in Baird Hall on RSU's Claremore campus. Performances will be held Thursday through Saturday at 7:07 p.m.

A Shakespeare masterpiece, "Hamlet" begins on a dark winter night, as a ghost who resembles the recently deceased King walks the ramparts of Elsinore Castle in Denmark. When the king's son is brought to see the ghost, it speaks to him, declaring ominously that it is indeed his father's spirit, and that he was murdered by none other than the current king.

Dr. Greg Thompson, head of the RSU Department of English and Humanities, will serve as director.

"This is our fifth production as part of our annual Shakespeare at RSU series and it is by far our most challenging work yet," Thompson said. "I decided to present this play because it is a challenge and because I think it is good, from time to time, to stretch the acting and academic muscles by pursuing ambitious works."

Adding to that ambition, the production features an all-female cast.

Seats are limited and reservations are highly recommended. Call 343-6825 or e-mail sfreeman@rsu.edu.