2011 | Alcatraz | performance
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Ava Roy
We Players brought their spectacular Shakespearean rendition of Hamlet to the unique site of Alcatraz as a part of a three year artistic residency. The profound history of the former prison, combined with the many complex themes of one of Shakespeare’s greatest works, brought a fresh perspective on the site. Using all available space, the actors and actresses dominated the island. Their voices projected over the surrounding waters, the many creaks and drips of the aged walls.
We Players saw this partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and National Parks Service as an opportunity to use art to reflect not just on the facts behind the eerie prison, but also on ourselves: “Art helps us hold ‘as ‘twere, the mirror up to nature’ and therein see our hindering patterns, whereby we may unlock them.” Through the play’s questioning of existence, death, and redemption, We Players encouraged their audience to ponder upon choices, judgments, and consequences.
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