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Hamnet

Hamnet

Shakespeare’s only son takes center stage.

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SEP 20 - OCT 7, 2018

A Brief History Of Dead Centre—the Creators of Hamnet

Hamnet

Hamnet is the story of William Shakespeare’s only son, but with a multimedia twist. Lauded as “an extraordinary production of grief, fatherhood, and the shadow of those we love and miss,” (The Theatre Mirror) and “a cleverly profound piece…manages to be timeless,” (South Shore Critic), Hamnet is captivating Boston audiences and bringing us into a world that was otherwise unknown. With all the excitement surrounding this production, we’re hearing audiences wondering out loud, who are the brains…

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Hamnet Opening Night: The Audience Speaks

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Based on the opening night reactions, Shakespeare’s forgotten son won’t be forgotten for much longer. Hamnet runs NOW – OCT 7. Get tickets now! “ABSOLUTELY stunning & gorgeous.” – @TankWitch “Haunting, funny, and complex. Brilliantly performed and staged.” – @BrianJPick

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What did you think of Hamnet?

Hamnet

Hello? Audience? Are you there?

Thank you joining us and hearing Hamnet’s story! What brought you to the performance and what are you taking away? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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What’s in a name?

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When you first glance at the name Hamnet, it resembles something else. Perhaps it’s a typo, a slip up between copy editors, or maybe just a large oversight. Living in the shadow of one of the greatest characters ever written by no one else but his own father, history struggles to give Hamnet a separate identity, one distanced from the legacy that hides him. In Dead Centre’s Hamnet (SEP 20 – OCT 7), this boy finally…

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KIDS SAY THE DARNEDEST THINGS

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Making a space for myself in the world of theater, and building a sustained career in it, was an all-consuming effort that lasted the better part of 20 years. I couldn’t afford graduate school or to gain experience via low pay, or unpaid, internships. I had day jobs and side hustles, paying my bills with jobs bartending and data management consulting. I didn’t have a steady paycheck in the theater until I was 40. I…

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MEET THE HAMNETS

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Live from the Dead Centre Rehearsal room: Hamnet vs. Hamnet, currently tied at 6-6. In Hamnet, a tour-de-force performance from a young actor confronts what it means—and what it costs—to be great, and how living in the shadow of that greatness can keep one in the dark. During the course of the play…

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USING HISTORICAL FICTION TO IMAGINE THE INNER WORLD OF SHAKESPEARE’S ONLY SON

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What do you think of when you hear the term “historical fiction”? While the word fiction is, in its strictest definition, a reference to literature, the term has expanded to include film, television, and yes, stage productions too. Historic Fiction is an invented story set against a factual backdrop of a time and place in the past…

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READ BETWEEN THE LINES: PERSONAL REFERENCES IN SHAKESPEARE’S OWN PLAYS

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William Shakespeare is known around the world as a beyond-legendary poet, playwright, actor and is commonly cited as one of the greatest writers in the English language. His works have been translated into every major language and his plays are staged thousands of times every year. While his reputation precedes him…

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SHAKESPEARE’S ONLY SON TAKES CENTER STAGE

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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…

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WHO WAS HAMNET SHAKESPEARE?

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William Shakespeare was a man of many mysteries. Despite being the most well known author in history, historians know relatively little about Shakespeare’s personal life. There are strewn facts and unusual circumstances that cloud the playwright, from questioning the authorship of his plays and poems to his family life…

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21ST CENTURY HAMNET

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The Guardian noticed it in 2008: “Recently, I’ve seen a lot of shows which make inspired use of projection, AV, techniques and tricks filched from film and TV, pushing the limits of what’s possible on stage while never letting you forget you’re in a theatre.” In ArtsEmerson’s eight-year history, these kind of technological…

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