Skirball Center for the Performing Arts - New York University

There’s something strange in the neighborhood of contemporary Denmark. Who are you going to call? That is the question.

“Absorbing, sometimes mind-blowing… staging the audition process is ingenious.” Irish Theatre Magazine

Highly innovative and visually breathtaking, this is an audacious and irreverent riff on Hamlet that does not so much update or deconstruct the play as it does explode it. Playing fast and loose with our familiarity and expectations, the onstage Director rations out Shakespeare’s text, knowingly excavating its layers in a series of theatrical devices and conceits that focuses the large cast, and the audience, on the existential plight of its characters. Even the stage is a Hall of Mirrors and the play-within-a-play, enacted by a troupe of schoolboy actors, is Hamlet itself.

Experimental Irish theater company Pan Pan examines what exactly has kept Hamlet a staple of modern drama over the past 400 years. It attempts to unravel the mind of the Dane himself, bringing schools of literary criticism to life with a live performance and engaging audience participation.

The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane was winner of the 2010 Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Production and Best Design. It was also unanimously awarded Critics Choice as Best Show at the 2010 Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival. Last in New York with The Crumb Trail in January 2009, Ben Brantley for The New York Times called Pan Pan “[A] present-tense theater company who knows what [it’s] doing.”

Director: Gavin Quinn
Designer: Aedín Cosgrove
Costume & Prop Design: Sarah Bacon
Assistant Director: Kathryn Hamilton
Assistant Designer: Grace O’Hara
Producer: Aoife White and Andrew McLellan
Production Manager: Rob Usher
Stage Manager: Sarah Harris
Assistant Stage Manager: Kate Ferris
Dramaturg: Simon Doyle
Performer: Bush Moukarzel
Performer: Andrew Bennett
Performer: Derrick Devine
Performer: Gina Moxley
Performer: Conor Madden
Performer: Dan Reardon
Performer: Judith Roddy

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as part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland's year of Irish arts in America.