Episode Eighteen: Emily Jackson

Call it "New Play Development", "Theatre Development", call it what you like, if Emily Jackson's involved, it's gonna be fantastic! Her interests are storytelling, acting secrets, and long walks on the beach (we assume). From assistant directing our production of The Taming of the Shrew to creating new theatre all over New York City, Emily is one of the most ambitious theatre practitioners we know. What lucky people you are that you get to listen and absorb all of her knowledge and experience!

 

     As a director, she'll be a guiding hand. As a collaborator she'll be open and understanding. And as a theatre creator, she will call you up and get your butt out of Connecticut! Listen well this week as Emily Jackson wows us all with her wit and skill.

And then come and congratulate her in person next week at Hamlet Isn't Dead's birthday production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare {Abridged}! She'll be with us at

Bar Reis

on June 18th starting at 8pm for this festive festival of...festivities. We hope to see you too!

To RSVP to The Complete Works of William Shakespeare {Abridged}, Click 

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Robin Rightmyer

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Episode Seventeen: Dayle Towarnicky

     Dayle Towarnicky believes that anyone can act. And we tend to agree with her! One of the only differences between most actors, she believes, is the level of training and technical skill they've received. That's where she comes in!

     Listen well this week as David Andrew Laws and Dayle Towarnicky chat one-on-one about Shakespeare, voice coaching, and more talking about talking than we care to talk about.

Dayle is one of the most articulate and talkative people we know, so if she didn’t answer any of your curiosities in our brief segment, feel free to contact her with questions, concerns, and opinions. She works at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (and Witchcraft and Wizardry), but is also open to new clients, or just conversations over cups of tea.

If you want to meet her in person, what better way than by attending Hamlet Isn’t Dead’s birthday party! That’s right, a One Night Only spectacular performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare {Abridged}. Dayle will be there laughing along at Bar Reis on June 18th at 8pm. It’s probably not your only chance to meet her, but why take that risk?


Listen well, enjoy, and keep on humming!

To learn more about Dayle, click HERE!
To RSVP for Complete Works of William Shakespeare {Abridged}, click HERE!
For all sorts of fun stuff, click HERE!

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All the best,
David Andrew Laws Robin Rightmyer
     Artistic Director, HID Executive Director, HID

Introspective Memorial Day

Manhattan Boys, Despondent,                                                               & The Complete Works of William Shakespeare {Abridged}

     Happy (Almost) Birthday, Hamlet Isn't Dead! This past Memorial Day, we expanded our topics of conversation to a record-breaking three!! We spread the love as much as we could and got to talk about Despondent, Manhattan Boys, and Hamlet Isn't Dead's own upcoming Complete Works of William Shakespeare {Abridged}



     The words speak for themselves this week, so we'll leave you and the blog alone to...get to know each other. The links will be waiting below when you're ready. And we'll see you on June 18th for our ONE NIGHT ONLY performance of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare {Abridged} at Bar Reis in Park Slope. The show starts at 8pm and is done when you're done drinking all of those Happy Hour price drinks! The performance is FREE, but if you can spare a little to keep Hamlet Isn't Dead of the streets, we'd be incredibly grateful.


To learn more about Despondent and Flopitworks, click HERE!
To learn more about Manhattan Boys, click HERE!
To RSVP to The Complete Works of William Shakespeare {Abridged}, clicketh HERETH!
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All the best,
David Andrew Laws Robin Rightmyer
     Artistic Director, HID Executive Director, HID

Episode Fifteen: Grimm Women

Zounds! "Grimmen" Returns!

     If you've listened to Tales Told by a HIDiot the past, you've heard the name Megan Greener at least once before, and you've heard Brandon Monokian busier-than-a-bee theatrical schedule. Here we focus in on a great collaboration involving the two, Grimm Women. Five actors. Five fairy tale characters. Lots and lots of misconceptions. Forget everything you know about your average bedtime story, because this collection is gonna keep you wide-awake and laughing.

     We sat down this week to talk to a whole plethora of artists this week who're all working on this darkest of comedies: Brandon Monokian, playwright; Megan Greener, director; and Hannah Rolfes, actor (Red). We've never done an episode with five people in the room, but be sure the hilarity is only increased.

     Also, know this! Grimm Women is only in town for a limited time. So limited that we were lucky to get them on the show! This Friday and Saturday, May 23rd and 24th are your ONLY foreseeable chances to catch this cast. We'll be there Friday at 9:30, having our fill of entertainment. Did we mention that the theatre is also a bar?! That's right, come to The West End Cabaret Theatre at 955 West End Ave. to not only see a spectacular new comedy, but to have a drink with your favorite podcasting HIDiots.


Listen well, friends, and come enjoy the retellings you'll be retelling your friends about for years!

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All the best,
David Andrew Laws Robin Rightmyer
     Artistic Director, HID Executive Director, HID

Episode Fourteen - Peter (by Kelly Feustel)

Extra! Extra! Hear All About It!

     Listen well, folks! This isn't your grandfather's J. M. Barrie. Kelly Feustel has devised a Peter Pan origin story that will knock you off your feet (luckily there are plenty of seats). And Turn to Flesh Productions is bringing it to life this Thursday! So many of your favorite HIDiots will be there that you may not be able to contain yourself
     
     That's right, the Dream Team behind Hamlet Isn't Dead's Taming of the Shrew is together again for the One-Night-Only Spectacular that is "Peter!

     David Andrew Laws plays Peter Pan's father 'Pan', the Greek god of fertility. And shirtlessly at that.

     Robin Rightmyer plays Solomon, the stork-god emperor, and James, a young man who somehow grows up in the Neverland, with dangerous consequences.

     And Tiffany Abercrombie plays the mystical and Shakespearean Queen Mab and the ever-energetic Tiger Lily.

     Plus, Two Gentlemen of Verona's 'Lucetta', Emily C.A. Snyder, rounds out the production with her masterful directing.


Though this will be presented as a Staged Reading, that's no reason to think the actors will be sitting behind music stands. With choreography both combative and romantic, shadow-play, and more, you'll quickly forget the scripts in hand and find yourself transported to a world before the Neverland.

On this very special edition of Tales Told by a HIDiot, we sit down with author Kelly Feustel and director Emily C.A. Snyder and wax amazing on J. M. Berrie, Peter Pan, and the fantastic production you can ONLY see on Thursday May 22nd at 7pm. Come on down to Rusk Renovations, ring buzzer Number Three, and let us whisk you away to Neverland!



For seat reservations, e-mail turntoflesh@gmail.com. And tell 'em Hamlet Isn't Dead sent'cha!!


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All the best,
David Andrew Laws Robin Rightmyer
     Artistic Director, HID Executive Director, HID



Episode Thirteen: Ruddy Productions

Ruddy Good Theatre, Whether You Like It or Not!

     You know what they say: April Showers May Bring Theatre! Or...something like that. Either way, we have more theatre news in the upcoming weeks than you could shake a stick at. Several sticks, really. And we're gonna start the moving and the shaking by introducing Ruddy Productions!
     Born of a group of Meisner-trainted students of Maggie Flanigan, Ruddy Productions is beginning its journey in the New York City Theatre scene with a New Works Festival like you wouldn't believe! It's coming to you from Midtown, and we have all the details below.

     Ruddy Productions may be new, but they're already swimming in new works. For their upcoming festival, they received over 400 submissions from artists all over the world! Only a few were lucky enough to be chosen, but we've been assured that they are the best of the best.

   Join them (and us!) at the John DeSotelle Studio from June 6th to June 15th to see the newest new theatre your eyes have yet beheld. Did we mention that the purchase of a ticket includes a free beer or glass of wine? Because we should have. That's pretty much a guarantee that we'll be somewhere.

     As usual, the links are below and also scattered throughout the above article! Go ahead, give 'em all a click. Ruddy Productions is also in the middle of fundraising via Kickstarter. We at Hamlet Isn't Dead remember those days and know how nerve-wracking it can be. So if you can spare anything at all, please click on over and help them out. Not convinced yet? Listen well and you will be! You will be!



To Like Ruddy Productions on Facebook, click HERE!
To Help them out via Kickstarter, click HERE!
And, no, seriously, help them out on Kickstarter. DO IT!
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All the best,
David Andrew Laws

     Artistic Director, HID

Episode Twelve: The Mysteries

The Gospel According to Anna Dart and Asia Kate Dillon

     We totally stole that title from Michael Bradley Block, but WE DON'T CARE! But the biblical comparisons don't stop there, because we sat down this week and talked to the way, the truth, and the light: Anna Dart and Asia Kate Dillon. These angelic women (they play part of the Angel Chorus and Lucifer, respectively, so we're allowed to call them that) are two of the members of The Mysteries, a 53-actor production at The Flea. This five-hour interpretation of The Bible, composed by 48 different writers, is a massive evening full of food, fun, and Jesus. But it only runs until May 25th, so even if you have to trek through the desert, find a way to see this show!

     From the casting out of Lucifer to Judgement Day, each episode (of which there are about fifty) approaches the story with a different writer's perspective, but plenty of heart, humor, and theatrical magic. Top this off with dinner, desert, music, and lots of interaction with the actors themselves, and you have five hours that will fly by. But don't take our word for it! This show is a New York Times critic pick! So read the review HERE, then come back and listen to the podcast. Or read while you listen, if you're that kind of talented person.

     So, as usual, the podcast is below, give it a listen, then check out the awesome links below that! David was true to his word as always and linked everything he said he would, namely Asia's awesome "What You Will" tattoo.
     In the beginning there was the word, and the end has yet to come, but somewhere in the middle there's still Hamlet Isn't Dead: Theatre You'll Love, Whether You Like It Or Not.
     Also, The Mysteries.


For more information on The Mysteries, click HERE!
For tickets to The Mysteries, click HERE!
And to see Asia's awesome tattoo, click HERE!
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All the best,
David Andrew Laws          Robin Rightmyer
     Artistic Director, HID          Executive Director, HID

Episode Eleven: Rhapsody Collective

Rhapsody Collective: A Rhapsodic Collection of Collective Collectivity if ever there were one!

You're welcome for that fantastic new tagline, Rhapsody Collective. And YOU'RE welcome, listener, for this fantastic new podcast. We sit down this week with Michael Bradley Block and Gillian Durkee of Rhapsody Collective and chat about everything under the sun. From Shakespeare to David Lee Roth, from the Seven Deadly Sins to a five-and-a-half hour show about the Bible. We've got it all!

Cycle Two of Rhapsody Collective's monstrosity of a work is seven short plays, each one centered around or themed by one of the seven deadly sins: Lust, Pride, Gluttony, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, and...dumb...ness.... No, sorry, Greed. That's the one.

We hope you'll be able to make it. To reserve yourself a spot, you can email the collective at rhapsodycollective@gmail.com

So listen well, and don't forget to click on all those luscious links!

Like Rhapsody on Facebook! HERE
Explore Rhapsody's Dramaturgy Page! HERE
And Read All About It at TheaterInTheNow! HERE <--- No, seriously, read that one. It's us!
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All the best,
David Andrew Laws
     Artistic Director, HID

Episode Ten - Writopia Lab

Tales Told by a HIDiot: Episode Ten - Writopia Lab!

Welcome to the most tenth episode of Hamlet Isn't Dead's award-wanting podcast ever, Tales Told by a HIDiot! This week we sat down with Kara Ayn Napolitano and Evan Greene who talk to us about Writopia Lab! This is a fantastic event and opportunity for writers (not only playwrights) eighteen and younger! All of our podcasts are equally important, but this one has to do with the future of theatre (!!!) so listen well!



We even sneak in a little Shakespeare discussion at the end, but for the most part, it's Writopia, Writopia, Writopia. This year's batch includes five musicals! Heck, we probably couldn't write a musical now, let alone at fifteen! So listen up, enjoy, and do everything you can to support this wonderful group. We thank you, the children thank you, and the theatre community at large thanks you.




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All the best,
David Andrew Laws
     Artistic Director, HID

Tales Told by a HIDiot: Episode Nine -                                             Pull Together Productions


WARNING: The following podcast contains segments of extremely nerdy discussions about William Shakespeare. You're either gonna love it or you're gonna absolutely LOVE it. This week we have a grand old sit-down with the founder of Pull Together Productions, Brian Gillespie, and one of his (and our) favorite actors, Luke Wise. Click on their sexy names for more information!

You can't see it, but there's some great theatre hogtied over there.
But before all that, we talk about PTP's upcoming pulled together production "Virus Attacks Heart", which will be a part of this year's Planet Connections Theatre Festival. It's a lovely two-hander presented in non-chronological order (something we at HID know nothing about). It's beautiful, challenging, and written by Shannon Murdoch of Melbourne, Australia.

So, listen well, click on all the clickables below, and remember, it's Hamlet Isn't Dead: Eco-Friendly, whether we know it or not.


A Link about the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity: PCTF
A Link on what it means to be Environmentally Friendly: ECO-YAY!
As promised, a link to the color of the shirt Luke was wearing during the podcast: SALMON
And, for those curious few, here's the current tally of everyone's favorite Shakespeare play over the course of the podcast: DAVID WAS VERY WRONG
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All the best,
David Andrew Laws
     Artistic Director, HID


Tales Told by a HIDiot: Episode Eight - Brandon Monokian

Imagine you have a lot of pies. A lot of pies. Now imagine that someone has a finger in each of those pies. Geez, that's a lot of fingers in a lot of pies! That man...is Brandon Monokian. Brandon has only been living in New York City for two months, but this week we interviewed him about THREE pieces of his own devising being performed from May to July.



"Grimm Women", "Peter Pan is Dead", and "echo, narcissus, narcissus, echo", all Brandon Monokian creations, are coming to you in various festivals all over New York City this summer. If modern adaptations of fairy tales and Greek myths are your thing, you are in for quite a treat! Listen well as we share anecdotes and advice for actors, writers, and directors alike.



As promised, here are links galore! Get your tickets now and go see some brilliantly moving theatre. We command it!  

Grimm Women @ The West End Cabaret Theatre: Click Here
Peter Pan is Dead @ Cabrini Repertory Theatre : Click Here
echo, narcissus, narcissus, echo @ The Fresh Fruit Festival: Click Here

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All the best,
David Andrew Laws
     Artistic Director, HID

Tales Told by a HIDiot: Episode Seven - Emily & Kate                      (The Bedlam Special)

Tales Told by a HIDiot is ecstatic to present Emily Lyon and Kate Hamill! Both of these amazing artists are multi-talented and are currently lending their talents to Bedlam Theatre Company. And, luckily for us, they lend their voices to our humble podcast this week. We talk about their time with Bedlam, their own upcoming works, and the nature of serendipity. What's not to like?
Nothing. That's what.

We also discuss which of Shakespeare's plays is the least sexy! And we really want to hear from you, cause our opinions are split. Comment herein or email us at hamletisntdead@gmail.com. Tell us why and maybe we'll quote you for all to see!!

Auditions for Emily's production of The Arsonists are TOMORROW! So sign up now! And then go see it (either from onstage or off) from May 16th to 19th. You can e-mail Emily at emasuntalyon@gmail.com. You can try to glean that from the podcast, but it's hilariously difficult. Give it a listen!


And, as promised in the podcast, here are the various links to the various fun and amazing things going on in each of our various lives. Play your cards right and they can be a part of yours as well!

To learn more about The Arsonists and show your support, click here!
To sign up for a Marathon reading of Shakespeare, clicketh here!
And to come see HID's Artistic Director perform in an 1,100-seat theatre, click here!

And as always, stay undead, fellow HIDiots!

All the best,
David Andrew Laws
     Artistic Director, Hamlet Isn't Dead

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All the best,
     David Andrew Laws
Artistic Director, HID

Tales Told by a(n) HIDiot: Episode Six - Turn to Flesh Productions

Turn to Flesh Productions:                                                                 Old Theatre Made New & New Theatre Made Great

It's another ridiculously attractive edition of Tales Told by a HIDiot! This week we sit down with Emily C. A. Snyder and James Parenti of...well, of quite a few things, frankly! Both of these artists are elbows-deep in a sub-section of New York theatre we have dubbed The New Verse Community.
Give us credit for one thing, Hamlet Isn't Dead is good at coming up with catchy titles.

Join us as we get in-depth on the writing process, both new and old, from Shakespeare to Shetler Studios. We chat about workshops available to actors, writers, directors, and more such as DARE Lab (and Hamlet Isn't Dead's LMNOPs!!). And you'll learn when and where you can see Parenti's new play May Violets Spring, a new story for a new Ophelia. Gah, we're amazing at tag lines as well!
(Okay, so James' girlfriend came up with that one. Still. We are.)

So get ready to talk pentameter,
Learn of new theatre and speak of old.
With Turn to Flesh Productions and DARE Lab,
You're guaranteed a podcast of pure gold!

All the best,
-David Andrew Laws
     Artistic Director, Hamlet Isn't Dead

To learn more about Turn to Flesh, click here.
For the Whens and Wheres of DARE Lab, click here.
And to get your tickets for the most Ophelia-tastic show around, click here.

So listen well and enjoy Tales Told by a HIDiot, Episode Six!




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And if you or anyone you know feels the need to join us on an episode of Tales Told by a HIDiot (PodOmatic's 24th best free performing arts podcast), e-mail us at hamletisntdead@gmail.com and we'll be sure to save you a seat.

Be sure to join us next week when we talk to James Parenti and Emily C.A. Snyder of Turn to Flesh Productions.

All the best,
     David Andrew Laws
Artistic Director, HID

Tales Told by a HIDiot: Episode Five - WOW Café Theatre

WOW Café Theatre: Women and Transgender and Theatre, Oh yes!

Let it be known that Robin Rightmyer and I (founders of Hamlet Isn't Dead) are neither women nor transgender. We don't fall into WOW Café Theatre's demographic of artists within the LGBT community or, try as we might, lesbian separatists. But that doesn't mean we don't understand the absolute importance of and complete need for a place like WOW Café Theatre to exist. And to continue to do so, they need your help.

In the early 1980s, a group of women joined together to create a collective of like-minded (and like-gendered) artists, in order to give women the opportunities to perform, create, and generally participate in the arts in ways that the "mainstream" was not allowing them.  Over the years, that mission statement expanded to other repressed groups such as trans people and the LGBT community at large.

Now WOW needs your assistance, both financially and physically, to stay alive. Massive renovations must be done to their East Village location in order to remain open and functioning. If you can spare anything at all, please go to wowcafe.org and donate. If you can't, spread the word to someone who can. Or someone who will spread the word as well.

This is a true collective, run on sweat equity and unanimous artistic decisions. Organizations like this are incredibly rare, and this one must not fall prey to its own generosity. We must fight to keep WOW serving the New York City arts scene for another thirty years.

If you need further convincing, listen as Hamlet Isn't Dead sits down with Sharon Jane Smith and Jessica Cermak of the WOW Theatre Collective to talk about its history and its role in the arts community on this week's edition of Tales Told by a HIDiot:


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And if you or anyone you know feels the need to join us on an episode of Tales Told by a HIDiot (PodOmatic's 24th best free performing arts podcast), e-mail us at hamletisntdead@gmail.com and we'll be sure to save you a seat.

Be sure to join us next week when we talk to James Parenti and Emily C.A. Snyder of Turn to Flesh Productions.

All the best,
     David Andrew Laws
Artistic Director, HID

Tales Told by a HIDiot - Episode Four: Queen's Players

Richard III: Not Your Grandfather's Podcast (Obviously)

Let me be clear. This is your grandfather's Shakespeare:













This is not:











I mean, unless your grandfather is...awesome. Which, maybe he is, I don't know, we've never met.
But, rest assured, The Queen's Player's production of "Richard III" is. Awesome, that is.

Set in England's "Winter of Discontent", (1978-79) this is a punk-infused, musically-driven festival of one of Shakespeare's earliest and most famous histories. A live band heightens the atmosphere of the rise and fall of this iconic villain. And, as evidenced by the picture above, it's pretty sexy too.

So hold on to your mohawk and don't miss this weekend's closing performances. For more information and the tickets we know you so badly crave, click here.

And to learn more about the production, including a good old-fashioned brain-picking of the director, Alberto Bonilla, and Murderer (Murderess?) #1, Samantha Maurice, don't forget to check out an unusually short installment of Tales Told by a HIDiot. <-- Click it! Click it! You know you want to!

As always, thank you for reading about, listening to, Liking, Following, and generally supporting Hamlet Isn't Dead! And if you only fall into a few of those categories, it's not too late to take it up a notch!

Like us on Facebook HERE!
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And if you or anyone you know feels the need to join us on an episode of Tales Told by a HIDiot (PodOmatic's 24th best free performing arts podcast), e-mail us at hamletisntdead@gmail.com and we'll be sure to save you a seat.

Be sure to tune in next week when we talk to members of WOW Café Theatre, a theatre primarily focused on theatre of, by, and for women and transpeople, with their (and our) plea to help save their space!

Until then, stay lovely! (Like you can help it)

All the best,
David Andrew Laws
     Artistic Director, Hamlet Isn't Dead












Tales Told by a HIDiot: Episode Three - Sanguine

Sanguine: Sounds Like Penguin (Looks Like Awesome)

When the founders of Sanguine Theatre Company read that tagline I just invented for them, they're going to wish they could pay me a billion dollars for it. And that's just a rough draft.

Welcome back! To the repository for all things Hamlet Isn't Dead-y! Today's spotlight is on Sanguine Theatre Company, and their upcoming production Wild, by Crystal Skillman. In this entry, you'll find a bit of background information on the show and the company itself that you might not have been able to pick up over your own uncontrollable laughter during our most recent podcast.

What? You haven't listened to it yet? Well, here's the link, silly. If you try listening to the podcast and reading this article at the same time, it's almost like we're there in the room with you talking over one another.

Sanguine Theatre Company is the brainchild of Jillian Robertson (Artistic Director) and Karly Fischer (Executive Producer), two University of Oklahoma graduates with big ideas about the future of independent theatre. They are joined in this interview by Associate Producer Anna Fearheiley, and the hilarity in the room is palpable.

"Wild" is the story of gay couple (Peter and Bobby) who are torn apart when one of them cheats on the other with a woman. Their story is one of passion, honesty, and trust, which explores the ways we love, and the ways we heal. Crystal Skillman's work has been performed and lauded in Chicago and New York City alike. Her various awards and accolades would take up much of this blog's bandwidth (Is that how a blog works?) so check her out at various locales on the web, including here: http://thenewcolony.org/people/crystal_skillman

You can catch this sexy, gripping performance at IRT, March 13th - April 6th. For more information or for tickets, you can visit Sanguine's website: http://sanguinenyc.com

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NEXT WEEK! We talk with Alberto Bonilla and Samantha Morrice, (director and cast member respectively) of Richard III, being presented by The Queen's Players at The Secret Theatre. Not to give anything away, but if you like anything in the world, you're gonna love this.

Thanks for listening, reading, liking, and being.
Until next time, remember, Hamlet Isn't Dead: It's theatre you'll love, whether you like it or not!

-David Andrew Laws
     Artistic Director, Hamlet Isn't Dead

Tales Told by a HIDiot - Episode Two: StrangeDog

Episode Two: StrangeDog

Do yourself a favor. Go ahead and click on this link. Seriously. We'll wait.

For those of you too timid, this is where you can get tickets for StrangeDog Theatre's "Basic Help", a part of this year's New York Frigid Festival.

It is, quite possibly, one of the funniest shows you will see this year.

Seriously, if you don't already, move to New York City so that you can be a part of the community that has this show. It's good.

And we talk about it (with various off-topic hilarity) with Artem 
Yatsunov and Ben Clawson of StrangeDog Theatre on this week's edition of Tales Told by a HIDiot!

For a "too-long, didn't listen" version, here are the dates and times:

Show #2 - 5:30 THURSDAY Feb 27th

Show #3 - 6:50 SATURDAY Mar 1st

Show #4 - 10:15 WEDNESDAY Mar 5th

Show #5 - 12:30 SUNDAY Mar 9th

And here's the link again:

It's that important.

"Basic Help" is playing at Under St. Marks in the Lower East Side, and it's the most joyous hour you're likely to spend not on a roller coaster. Which would actually get really tedious after an hour. So what're you waiting for?

Don't believe us? Listen to this week's episode, and if our siren-like synopses can't convince you, nothing will.

Here's the podcast:

And here's the link to Basic Help tickets again:

Be sure to tell 'em HID sent'cha.

Be well, merry listener!

David Andrew Laws
     Artistic Director, Hamlet Isn't Dead

Tales Told by a HIDiot: A Hamlet Isn't Dead Podcast

No, your eyes don't deceive you and, in all likelihood, you're not having a stroke: Hamlet Isn't Dead has a PODCAST!

That's right, Tales Told by a HIDiot will be a weekly podcast interviewing figures from the local theatre scene. And when we say local, we mean, in everybody's backyard. New Yorkers and New Jerkins alike can rejoice as, from Manhattan to Montclair, theatre just got a little bit more accessible.

At the bottom of this post, you'll find a link to the first episode of Tales Told by a HIDiot (TTbaH), where Artistic Director David Andrew Laws and Executive Director Robin Rightmyer discuss Hamlet Isn't Dead's history with resident HIDiots Travis Klemm (Launce, Two Gentlemen of Verona Hortensio, Taming of the Shrew) and Dayle Towarnicky (Voice Coach Extraordinaire).

Then, on next week's episode, we delve deep into the minds of StrangeDog Theatre Co. with Artem Yatsenov and Ben Clawson. They talk about life, liberty, and their upcoming play Basic Help, set to blow the proverbial doors off the Frigid Festival.

If you are or anyone you know is so deeply entrenched within the New York or New Jersey theatre scene that you simply can't stand it anymore, shoot us an e-mail at hamletisntdead@gmail. com.
We'll gladly serve as an outlet and find a time for you to come in and rant, rave, or ramble to your heart's content.

As always, thanks for your support and affection!
If you haven't Liked us on Facebook yet, don't worry! We won't release the hounds. Yet.
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To go directly to the HIDcast, click here!
http://hamletisntdead.podomatic.com/entry/2014-02-18T21_00_00-08_00

And for our PodOmatic page, where you can subscribe to us on iTunes, why not click here?
http://hamletisntdead.podomatic.com

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the soothing sound of our voices. Or don't. We don't get paid either way.

Always,
David Andrew Laws
     Artistic Director, Hamlet Isn't Dead

Dramatis Personae: The HIDing of the Shrew

It's the 18th-most wonderful time of the year! That's right, Hamlet Isn't Dead has a new play toward!

The Taming of the Shrew!!!

For those of you who've been living under a Yule log for the past few weeks, here are the details! HID's second production in our effort to present the entire canon of William Shakespeare in chronological order goes up December 13th. We'll be performing at the 133rd St. Arts Center in Manhattan, and you can reserve a ticket (or twenty) here: Taming of the Shrew Tickets!

But let's not get ahead of oursleves. In order to make this show a properly-funded reality, we need your help to finish up our Kickstarter campaign! We have some fabulous incentives, and anything you can donate really does help. Find your way into our hearts here: HID Kickstarter

But let's get even less ahead of ourselves. Before you wrap our presents, you'd obviously like to meet the shining faces you'll be bringing to the stage! Well, without further ado, let's meet the festive cast and crew of The Taming of the Shrew!

(Appearing in alphabetical order for the sake of ego)

Tiffany Abercrombie - Katharina

Tiffany will be portraying the female love interest in this classic clash, Katharina "Kate the Curst" Minola. Tiffany herself is actually very amiable and has her theatrical roots spread severally about the city of New York. As an alumnus of NYU's Stella Adler Studio and office/reservations manager of Sleep No More, she's been an active part of NYC's arts community for years. She even has the Hamlet leggings to prove it. 

Jessica Cermack - Baptista Minola

Odds are, if you've ever seen a production of Taming, you've seen the role of Baptista Minola swapped from father figure to mother dearest. And if you've ever seen Jessica perform, you'd understand why we followed that trend. With international training in England and Russia, she is a great fit for the mother of these dueling daughters.

April Glick - Biondella

If you're looking for the role of Biondella in your copy of the first folio, you'll be sadly disappointed. That's right, April was so charming in her audition that we swapped the role of Biondello for one with a more feminine ending. Also, her special skills specifically list "ululating", so be sure to ask her about that.

Zack Friedman - Gremio/Widow

Let it be made clear, Zack Friedman is neither an old man, nor a woman. But with the significant acting chops you've come to expect from a HID production, you'll be amazed to see him play both! To be fair, he just played a Wall in Midsummer Night's Dream at the Secret Theatre, and he basically blended in with the scenery! ...wait.

Travis Klemm - Hortensio

If you remember anything from Hamlet Isn't Dead's production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, you probably remember Travis as the hilariously inventive track of Thruio/Lance/Eglamour. We were almost hesitant to cast him in Taming fearing he would completely steal the show again. But this Texan-born LIPA grad is so versatile, it was a risk we were willing to take.

David Andrew Laws - Petruchio

This is not David's first appearance in The Taming of the Shrew. In 2004 he stretched himself into the role of Gremio, and he first tackled Petruchio in 2008. Since then he's had recurring dreams of reprising the role, which are finally coming true this December. Let's just hope, for the audience's sake, he's wearing more onstage than he is in said dreams.

Kevin Percival - Grumio

Kevin plays Petruchio's servant Grumio, but as a married man, he knows all about that sort of life. (Ba-dum chh!) Over the years, he has received many awards, such as the Kennedy Center ACTF Irene Ryan award and the Amy Boe Memorial Character Actor Scolarship. In our production, we've awarded him Most Likely to Suffer a Concusion from having His Cute Little Face Squeezed So Hard.

Samantha Morrice - Bianca

Samantha plays Biana,  Katherine the curst's younger, more beautiful, more desired sister. But don't let us decide for you! If she looks familiar in this headshot, she has been in New York City for the past six years, from her days at NYU to her inception within HID. Come tell her hello!

Nicholas Jaye Stauffer - Pedant/Tailor

It's easy to cast Nicholas as a romantic lead; a point he proved valiantly as Valentine in HID's Two Gentlemen of Verona. In this show, however, Nick has the opportunity to show off another shade of his talent by playing two somewhat silly character roles. Be sure to watch carefully during the show. With his ninja-like acting skills, he may be sitting right next to you.

Dave Stishan - Lucentio

Lucentio, in our production at least, isn't exactly the brightest bulb on the holiday shrub. How does Dave pull off the dumbfounded looks and long lapses in understanding needed for such a role? With a little thing called "acting." He may be build like Adonis' younger brother, but you'll be amazed at how light he appears on his feet and in his mind.

Luke Wise - Tranio

As one of Shakespeare's more intelligent servingmen, Tranio is greatly served by this "Wise" actor. From what we've seen so far, Luke is wise-cracking, wise-beyond-his-years, and likewise a looker. And we're almost positive he's never heard any of those jokes before.


Now, seriously, how can you deny those faces anything? And if somehow you can, check out our promotional video featuring some furry friends of ours and try to say no to them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwcnG9R1IFs&feature=youtube_gdata_player


We literally could not survive as a company without your support. Thank you for everything you've done and will continue to do, whether that's donating, telling a friend about us, or simply Liking us on Facebook. Stay tuned for more updates on our process and we'll see you in December!

Merry HIDmas to all, and to all a good night!
-The HID Crew

What's In Our Name?

Welcome back, Shakespeare Studs and Studdesses! David Andrew Laws here, Artistic Director and Grilled Cheese Overlord of Hamlet Isn't Dead. Today's topic is one that's very near and dear to my heart, so reserve a seat on The Feelings Train and buckle in! Don't worry; there's room for everyone.


Over the past few months, I've had the following conversation with a startling number of you:

"You: Hi, David!

David: Hi, you!

You: You smell nice.

David: ...okay. That's... Uh, what's up?

You: Just wanted to say congratulations on all the Hamlet Isn't Dead...stuff. But I was curious. Where'd you get the name?

David: ....

You: David?

David: ....

You: David? Why are you trying to crawl under the bar?

David: ....

Bartender: Sir, please stop trying to hide behind my leg. We can all still see you. Don't avoid the question.

David: ...."

Or, you know, some iteration of that conversation. Well, wonder no more! Today we dive into the etymology of what's in our name. (See what I did there?)

Hamlet Isn't Dead is an organization formed of many special components. Some of them are you. Some of them are us. We are a company founded on equal parts curiosity, passion, and petty, childlike jealousy.
Let's rap, kids.

                                        
This was the closest thing I could find to me straddling a chair in front of some underprivileged youths.

Our story begins with me in a relationship. Yes, I know, hard to suspend so much disbelief at once, but I have faith in you. For the purposes of our story, let's call her Bitch Kitty. Not that she was a bitch! Just that I've always wanted to use that as a pet name for someone. She wouldn't let me, obviously. No one has. I'm begining to think no one ever will....

Let's call her Susan!

Anyway, Susan and I were both actors and, as such, there was an inherent level of underlying competition. It was all very healthy and loving (except maybe the screaming), but there was definitely always a fierce desire to...top...the other. I realized that sentence as I was typing it, sorry.

Well, one day, Susan informed me that an ex- of hers was moving to town with plans to start a theatre group, and that she intended to join him in this creative endeavor. I, being the rational and articulate adult I am, responded with, "Oh yeah?? Well...fine! I'll start my own theatre company! And it'll be WAY better than his! We'll have acrobats and...free...pie!" Ah, ever the epitome of composure.

Now, I don't want you to think our little ensemble was constructed on a house of spite. I had dreams of starting my own company long before I met Susan. (I did, I swear! Ask anybody!) It was only through this event that I realized what a realistic goal it had become. I'm still getting used to this whole "being an adult" thing (Who isn't, amirite?), but this was something I knew I could make happen.
The first step now (then) was deciding on a name.

Presenting! From the annals of time (hee hee, annals),
Rejected Ideas for a Theatre Company Name:

-The Free Sample Players

-Happy Moose Home Productions

-Why Not Theatre?

-Why Theatre?

-Insert Wit Here

-Portmanteau Pieces

-Out of Ideas Inc.

Yeah, seriously those were the runners-up to Hamlet Isn't Dead! Lucky thing too, huh? Most of those sound like terrible high school band names.

I believe this one was called 'Blackmail for Later'. Actually, that was supposed to be a joke, but that's a really good band name. Write that down.


As I paced the apartment, I was listening to a bit of music, to help charge the ol'...thinking...tool. Brain! And this song came on.

For those of you who can't open this, or when I inevitably can't figure out how to actually post the link, this is Elvis Isn't Dead by Scouting for Girls. And you should really give it a listen or seventeen.

It's a very seemingly-straightforward song. The themes are a break-up and 1950's rock legend Elvis Presley. Like ya do. One of the lyrics that summarizes the piece quite nicely is the repeated line "Elvis isnt dead, and you're coming back to me." Aw, that's sweet.

But wait, The Feelings Train is about to leave the station, and I'm the conductor about to punch your Heart Ticket. (Wait, then who's driving?)

Because, but, Elvis is dead. That's not true, what you said before, hopeful singer, about Elvis not being dead. I'm beginning to think anything you say after that might also not be true. *gasp!*
You mean...she's not coming back...?

...this is the most upbeat sad song since Baa Baa Black Sheep. (No wool for you!!)

Anyway, I love that song; it hits me very deeply, and I suppose that's why it fixed itself onto the name-searching-for part of my brain. "Wouldn't it be neat if we took that idea and put a Shakespearean character in there? Caeser Isn't Dead? No. Romeo Isn't Dead? Too vowely. Hamlet Isn't Dead? Yes! Yes, by Susan, I think that's it!" And thus I was fated to write these three words on the cover of every notebook I owned for the next few months, like the adolescent schoolgirl I really am.

Seriously. That's it. That's the depth of the creative process it took to come up with your favorite theatre moniker to date. But the story doesn't end there! No, no, no, if we just came up with cool-sounding things and left it at that, we'd have attended the Univeristy of Oklahoma. (Cause then I could run around going Oh, You! all the time. Get it?)

Here comes the serious part. I'm not even gonna make any fart jokes. Or similes. ...but quickly, one last silly picture, then it gets serious.

                                  
I'll understand if you need a minute to shift gears.


Now.

It would be difficult to argue that any play demonstrates Shkaespeare's genius as well as Hamlet. It is a haunting story filled with characters we love, hate, obsess over, and argue about; it contains some of the most beautiful language ever set down in print. Familial love, romance, sexual longing, friendship--all of these things exist within these five acts. Hamlet the character may be dead, but the play itself is very much alive. 

But some people don't seem to believe that. There are those, both artists and not, who think of Shakespeare as a dead language. As something that belongs to the past, something archaic. A relic which, at best, belongs in a museum or, at worst, a dumpster. That these stories need to be "fixed" or "updated" in order to have any relevance within our lives. And I'm here to say that this is simply not true.

I've never been a fan of people labeling themselves as Shakespearean actors, or saying that they can't "do Shakespeare" because they don't "get it". Forgo his words for a moment and just look at the story. The motivation for nearly every character in Hamlet is love. And that is something we can all understand. Sure, maybe we've never known the passion that would drive us to suicide if unrequited. I'm pretty sure most of us will never have to kill or be killed in order to avenge our fathers. But we do love. It is the force that brings us together, nourishes us, and keeps stories like this alive. It's what keeps us alive.

The motivation for nearly everything we do in life is love. We search for it. We require it. Whether it is love of self or love of another, we could not continue to exist. There would be no point, without it. We wake up in the morning and go through our day doing whatever is necessary to be able to continue to live so that we may one day know a greater love, or strengthen the love we already have, and we go to bed and night and dream about love.

And I'm not just talking about romantic love, but all kinds of love. Love for your children, a love of nature; any passion you have, any drive, any desire, I'd call that love. Some people think the word is overused; I think it's under-appreciated. Love is a force which completes us. And I've met enough people to know that a person is made up of a whole lot of pieces that require a whole lot of glue to stay stuck together.

Shakespeare's not hard. Or it's the hardest thing in the world, I don't know. The same goes for love. It's as easy as breathing, but just as often chokes us up. And I firmly believe that they are both some of the most natural things in the world. It's why Shakespeare wrote on a heartbeat. It's why his works have been translated into over 80 languages. It's why we, Hamlet Isn't Dead, named ourselves after one of his greatest accomplishments. In the hopes that one day, if even for a moment, that all of us will know love as great as the love he wrote of with such amazing skill.

-David Andrew Laws