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Shakespeare’s Only Son Takes Center Stage

Shakespeare’s Only Son Takes Center Stage

ArtsEmerson is no stranger to presenting phenomenal performances built around individual, singular voices. In the past, the Paramount and Cutler Majestic Theatres have been graced with solo performances such as Mala, Mr. Joy, A Beckett Trilogy: Not I / Footfalls / Rockaby, and 17 Border Crossings–just to name a recent few. In our 2018/19 Season, we are lucky enough to welcome a number of solo performances, including The Peculiar Patriot, WET: A DACAmented Journey and American Moor. Although these shows are all vastly different from one another, they all have one similarity: the primary performer is an adult.

This is not the case with our season opener, Hamnet. Coming from Dublin via the Dead Centre theatre company, Hamnet features a young actor performing a brilliant, funny, and emotional monologue, alone on stage, for nearly the entirety of the play. The title role was originated by the talented Ollie West and is now being performed in repertory with Aran Murphy, a Dublin native who is just ten and a half years old. Both actors will perform the show here in Boston.

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ArtsEmerson Leadership Photo“ArtsEmerson puts the world on stage and screen to help us understand our world, celebrate our place in it, and explore how we each can contribute to its transformation. We are passionately committed to delivering exceptional experiences for our audiences and operate from the belief that the arts belong to everyone. We invite you to come with us to places you have not been and share experiences you could not anticipate but will never forget. And, if you are so inclined, to engage with a room full of fellow travelers (who are your neighbors) to sort it all out. Let us begin to rediscover our community through the shared experience of art and conversation.”

– ArtsEmerson Leadership Team