PSU Theatre performs The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark

September 14th, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, NH — The Plymouth State University Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance will present Hamlet, Shakespeare’s classic tale of the conflict between moral integrity and revenge at the Silver Center for the Arts September 25–27 and October 2–5.

The 90-minute cutting of the original four-hour play full of treachery, intrigue and violence, will be directed by adjunct faculty Charles Vicinus, professor of theatre emeritus from the University of Toledo (Ohio).

In this famous and complex tragedy, Prince Hamlet is challenged by his filial duty to avenge his father’s death, which he suspects occurred at the hands of his uncle (now king and stepfather), Claudius.

Throughout his intertwined periods of introspection and action, Hamlet demonstrates many contradictions—brilliance and melancholy, arrogance and charm, decision and indecision, mania and depression, tenderness and cruelty—and ends up in a vicious circle of retribution and inevitable death.

The role of the multi-faceted Prince Hamlet will be played by Kevin Asselin ’97, a professional actor who holds an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

King Claudius will be portrayed by Richard Moses of Rumney, NH who was most recently seen as Tranio in Advice to the Player’s summer production of The Taming of the Shrew.

Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, will be portrayed by PSU Director of Theatre Elizabeth Cox, who was also a member of the cast of The Taming of the Shrew, and was recently named 2008 Distinguished Teacher at PSU.

Also in the cast are: Andrew Codispoti ’08, an acting major from Holderness, NH as Laertes; Angela Smith ’09, a theatre arts major from Holderness, NH as Ophelia; David Brown ’11, an undeclared major from Whitinsville, Mass. as Polonius; Paul Hartwell ’10, an acting major from Pittsfield, NH as Horatio; Eric St. Cyr ’11, an acting major from Hampstead, NH as Marcellus and Osric; Christine Titus ’09, an acting major from Sunapee, NH as Rosenkrantz; Curtis Jackson ’10, an acting major from Strafford, Pa. as Guildenstern; Nicholas Riendeau ’09 from Nashua, NH as the Gravedigger and Ghost; Colin Mallette ’10, an acting major from Hudson, NH as the Jester and understudy for Claudius and Lauren Patterson ’10, an acting major from Barre, Vt., as the musician.

Performances are September 25 and 26 at 8 p.m.; September 27 at 2 and 8 p.m.; October 2 and 3 at 8 p.m.; October 4 at 2 p.m. and October 5 at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for PSU students with I.D. at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS.

For general information about events at PSU, log on to ThisWeek@PSU at