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Oct 09 - 21, 2012

Dine and Discuss: Hamlet

SAT, OCT 20 @ 5:15PM
Back Deck Restaurant
2 West St., Boston
Registration required

Following the Saturday matinee performance on October 20th, have dinner at Back Deck restaurant and join a discussion about the production. By making a reservation in our Dine and Discuss program, you can join fellow audience members and a special guest who will facilitate the discussion. There is no fee to join a table, but please note that participants are responsible for the cost of their meal and purchasing tickets to the performance. To access the reservation form, please click here.

Special guest moderators include actor Karen MacDonald and Emerson College Professor DeWitt Henry.

Karen MacDonald just finished the run of Good People at the Huntington Theatre. This past season in Boston, she was seen in Coriolanus, Cupcake, Long Day’s Journey into Night and Superior Donuts. Other regional and local credits include Before I Leave You, Bus Stop, All My Sons and A Civil War Christmas (Huntington); The Drowsy Chaperone (SpeakEasy Stage Company); The Color of Rose (ArtsEmerson); Two Wives in India (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); The Blonde, The Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); boom (New Repertory Theatre); All’s Well That End Well, Hamlet and Twelfth Night (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Third (Portland Stage); and productions at Hartford Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival and the Vineyard Playhouse. A founding company member of the American Repertory Theater, she appeared in 70 productions, including The Seagull, Endgame and Mother Courage. Nationally she has worked extensively, from Philadelphia’s Wilma Theatre to Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Directing credits include An Ideal Husband and The Woman in Black (Gloucester Stage) and Dressed Up! Wigged Out! (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre). The recipient of several Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards for her performances, Ms. MacDonald received in 2010 both the Robert Brustein Award for Sustained Achievement in the Theatre and the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence. She graduated from the College of Fine Arts at Boston University and is a Boston native. She will appear next in SpeakEasy Stage Company’s Other Desert Cities.

Professor DeWitt Henry has been teaching Emerson’s undergraduate literature courses in Shakespeare since 1983. He is the author of a novel, The Marriage of Anna Maye Potts (winner of the inaugural Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel), and a mid-life memoir-in-essays, Safe Suicide: Narratives, Essays, and Meditations. Both are sequels to his latest memoir, Sweet Dreams: A Family History. He is also the founding editor of Ploughshares literary magazine. For details see www.dewitthenry.com  



  • Location: Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage
  • Written by: William Shakespeare
  • Directed by: Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst
  • Starring: Michael Benz
  • Series: Legend and Family
  • Ages: 12+
  • Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes plus one intermission