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Finn Wittrock to Star in Shakespeare & Co.’s “Hamlet” Reading [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
Finn Wittrock

Finn Wittrock

Shakespeare & Company in Lenox will present a staged reading of William Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet, at 7pm on Saturday, October 8. Featuring Finn Wittrock – of American Horror Story and The Big Short – and other special guests, the reading will be presented in the Tina Packer Playhouse, and will be directed by Kevin G. Coleman, Shakespeare & Company’s Director of Education and a 2016 Tony Award nominee.

A star of stage, film and television, Finn Wittrock grew up with the Company. As a child he appeared in many of the Company’s outdoor Shakespeare productions at The Mount, as well as with Jonathan Epstein in Richard III at the Duffin Theatre in 1999.

Most recently, Wittrock was seen in the Oscar nominated film The Big Short, in which he starred opposite Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Steve Carell. Wittrock has been a part of the critically-acclaimed series American Horror Story for the last two seasons and he was nominated for an Emmy for his season four portrayal of Dandy Mott. This fall, Finn will be seen with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in the film La La Land for Lionsgate. Upcoming theatrical productions include Othello with Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo directed by Sam Gold and The Glass Menagerie with Sally Field.

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LIVE: “Hamlet” @ Minerva Arts Center, North Adams [GailSez]

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
Hamlet (Chelsea LeSage) and Laertes (Jesse lee Egan Poirier) first come to blows over Ophelia's grave, as Claudius (Curtis Elfenbein Asch) looks on (photo: Jess Pillmore)

Hamlet (Chelsea LeSage) and Laertes (Jesse lee Egan Poirier) first come to blows over Ophelia's grave, as Claudius (Curtis Elfenbein Asch) looks on (photo: Jess Pillmore)

An amateur production of Hamlet which reimagines Shakespeare’s melancholy Dane as a lesbian. This could be scary. But, under the clearheaded direction of Christopher Beaulieu and his wife Jess Pillmore, who together run the Virginia-based physical theatre company Creatively Independent, it could be really cool. Since I saw this production on the hottest night of the year, I am very glad that “cool” was the operative word.

However, I must begin this review by focusing on the major problem with the production as I saw it on the official opening night because it is one that is easily fixed. The actors all need to speak up. Beaulieu and Pillmore clearly state that they run a physical theatre, and physically this is a concise and powerful production, but this is Shakespeare and you cannot sacrifice the text.

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