Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth
by Tom Stoppard
Whistler in the Dark Theatre
2011@ The Boston Center for the Arts
Eliot Norton Awards nomination: Outstanding Director Small/Fringe Theater
Hubbie Award Best Performance (Aimee Rose Ranger, Nathaniel Gundy)
Hubbie Award Best Lighting Design (PJ Strachman)
IRNE Award nomination Best Play Fringe
DigBoston Best Plays of 2011
Boston Phoenix Best Plays of 2011
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Two short plays divided by a comma but united by common themes.
In the first play, three students are setting up for their production of a fifteen-minute Hamlet to be performed in its original language. The catch? These students speak Dogg - a language comprised of English words but with different meanings. But when an English-speaking delivery man arrives with their set components, both languages break down and new ways of communication must be devised. Capped off with a hilarious 15-minute Hamlet, this is Stoppard at his word-playing gleeful best.
In the second play, renegade actors stage a secret performance of Shakespeare’s Macbeth that becomes a stark and moving metaphor for resistance in a time of censorship. Whistler in the Dark is thrilled to present this linguist’s delight - an evening of word-wizardry from the writer of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Arcadia.