If you're free at 2:30 PM today, please come out for our last performance of Women Playing Hamlet at Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios. Walk up and buy a ticket or get in on your AEA card! Or go to www.tictheater.com.
The play features an all-female cast and crew, and it's a light Mel Brooks-style rumination on what it takes to play such a meaty role (hint: testosterone not necessary). Yes, I used rumination, Mel Brooks and testosterone in the same sentence!
We interviewed the wonderful actress Joy Sudduth, who plays an acting coach, Gwen, in this production.
Favorite line from the play?
JESSICA: In addition, I can't see to take action.
MALE PSYCHIATRIST: Ah, yes, Jimmy Carter Syndrome.
Yes, I am a bit of a political junkie! ;-)
In the play, is there a character whose philosophy speaks to you?
Emily Ostergaard, because she is a bit precocious, amazingly brave, and incredibly no-nonsense, and let's admit that while she annoys Jessica, an outstandingly charismatic dynamic young woman. I also believe that as a nation, we would benefit from "turning off the TV and seeking better company," as Emily says near the end of the show.
Female actors play all the male roles in this production, are there any you would like to tackle?
While there really aren't many male character that I specifically would like to play, I do believe there are MANY male roles that could be brilliantly cast with women playing them. Jacob (the maid) in La Cage Aux Folles is brilliant, and could be a woman. Who can help love a maid who can't cook, clean, or do anything useful outside of prancing around naked and joyously happy?