FROM THE BLOG
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.