Next week, TIC's 32nd production, Women Playing Hamlet, opens for a quickie run from June 22-26, 2016 at Theatre 54 @ Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor.
Get your $18 tickets at www.tictheater.com or by calling 212-868-4444.
We interviewed one of the show's actors, Ms. Jennifer Teska, who plays 'Jessica,' the woman at the heart of the story. Jessica has been cast as Hamlet and immediately is faced with nay-sayers, doubters, and Patrick Stewart stalking her. We interviewed the funny lady about Shakespeare's role and roles in her life.
This play is about your character, Jessica, being cast as Hamlet. What "male" role would you like to take on?
Is it too cliche, given the context of this show, to say Hamlet? Because that's definitely up there. In the realm of Shakespeare, top choices (right now) would be Hamlet and Iago. In musical theatre land, I think it would be Pippin in Pippin. I've always loved his songs.
Favorite Shakespearean quotation?
"Frailty, thy name is woman!" (KIDDING.)
"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with sleep." The Tempest, Act IV, Scene i
What's an early Shakespeare-related experience you can recall?
When I was about 12 years old, I played Portia in a VERY abridged version of The Merchant of Venice. For years after that, my mother would have me deliver "The quality of mercy" speech at dinner parties/family gatherings. Because nothing says "Happy Thanksgiving" like a pre-teen reciting Shakespeare.