Hamlet + Saint Joan
Directed by Eric Tucker
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
in repertory with
Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 2:00 pm
Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 2:00 pm
Note: In order to accommodate the recently announced VIP opening event at the Rubenstein Arts Center on Friday, February 23, Duke Performances has been obliged to reschedule the Bedlam performance of Saint Joan that evening to Wednesday, February 21 at 7 PM. If you wish to exchange your Saint Joan tickets from Friday evening for another Bedlam performance, please contact the box office at your earliest convenience at 919-684-4444, or in person on the main level of the Bryan Center on Duke’s West Campus. The box office is open M-F, 11 AM-6 PM.
When New York actors Eric Tucker and Andrus Nichols chose the name “Bedlam” for their upstart theater company in 2012, they no doubt intended it to convey the energy and audacity of their mission. Using minimal staging and bare spaces, Bedlam sought to recreate canonical classics with postmodern zeal. The idea worked: Bedlam’s debut — a marathon performance of George Bernard Shaw’s 1923 tragedy Saint Joan, based on the trial of fifteenth-century French heroine and martyr Joan of Arc — earned a deluge of acclaim. Four actors played two dozen characters; The Wall Street Journal called it “an experience so intense and concentrated that you’ll feel as though you were part of the action.” Bedlam doubled down by producing Shakespeare’s Hamlet — the Bard’s most popular play, a tale of murder, madness, and revenge in a highly dysfunctional royal family — with the same four actors, played in repertory with Saint Joan. “Bedlam gives us Shakespeare and Shaw with the enthusiasm of youth. Two of the talkiest plays in the English language are, in this case, a whole lot of fun,” raved The New York Times. In a rare trip south of Brooklyn, Bedlam brings its kinetic, interactive productions of Hamlet and Saint Joan to Duke’s intimate von der Heyden Studio Theater. Not to be missed.
“What a rare and rich treat to see a group of performers stretch the classics as far as possible and not one inch further.”