Jeffrey Hatcher’s ‘Hamlet’ to be performed at Banfill-Locke

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts will present Jeffrey Hatcher’s “Hamlet” 6:30 p.m. June 9. The performance is free to attend, but RSVP should be made in advance by calling 763-574-1850 or emailing info@banfill-locke.org.

Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher presents his “Hamlet” at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts June 9.

Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher presents his “Hamlet” at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts June 9.Photo submitted

The one-man play is by Jeffrey Hatcher and directed by Illusion Theater’s Michael Robins.

When playwright Hatcher was 10 years old, he adapted, directed and performed in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” staged in the fifth-grade English class of Stark Elementary School in Steubenville, Ohio.

The play starred every student in the class. The audience consisted of teachers, parents and other kids. The first show sold out, so they added a second. It, too, sold out. It was Hatcher’s first hit.

Flash-forward to 2013 as Hatcher re-visits that experience.

“The play is a one person show called ‘Jeffrey Hatcher’s Hamlet,’ all lunatic egocentric pomposity intended,” said Hatcher. “I’ll play myself telling the story, with its ups and downs, its disasters and triumphs and life lessons – all scaled to the fifth grade, naturally.”

“It will be about theater as a home, as a refuge, and as a platform. It will be about time and place and politics – an Ohio steel town in the mid-60s. It will be about people who reveal themselves, their talents and weaknesses, when put through the pressure-cooker of putting on the world’s greatest play in circumstances not likely to have been repeated since.”

Because of a Minnesota States Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, this performance at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is free to attendees.

Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts is located at 6666 East River Rd, Fridley.

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