Pace University Department of Performing Arts Presents “HAMLET”
New York, NY – December 2, 2002 – In the roster of Shakespeare’s works HAMLET is the play which, for centuries, has gripped audiences, artists and scholars with an almost hypnotic allure. Pace University’s Department of Performing Arts will present this timeless masterpiece December 5, 6, 7 and 8 at the Schimmel Center for the Arts, located in downtown Manhattan on Spruce Street between Park Row and Gold Street.
Contemporary issues, of course, abound. Perhaps the Bard’s most intricate examination of a tortured mind, HAMLET is the study of a man trapped in a web of grief, disillusionment and indecision. Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home for his father’s funeral and his mother’s wedding to his uncle. In a supernatural encounter, he discovers that his uncle murdered his father. His code of morals is assaulted by a barrage of questions. Is this deed so abhorrent that he must avenge it? Has he the courage to pronounce the verdict and carry out the sentence? If he does not, can he live with his decision and with himself? As his understanding of this treachery becomes more acute, he is tormented by the grim choices he must make.
Pace production sets HAMLET in the genteel world of 1920’s society. Under the direction of Dr. R.D. Woertendyke, assistant professor of theater and fine arts at Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, a cast of over thirty students will perform the play uncut, in its entirety.
HAMLET will be performed at Pace University from December 5 through December 8: Thursday at 7:00 pm; Friday at 7:00 pm; Saturday at 1:00 and 7:00 pm; and Sunday at 1:00 pm. Tickets are $10; students and senior citizens $7. For more information or reservations call 212-346-1883.
Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and Westchester County, and a Hudson Valley Center located at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor. More than 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School.