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'Hamlet' Takes Revenge In Rowayton's Pinkney Park

Actor Joey Santia and director Claire Kelly talk about how Shakespeare illuminates the workings of the soul and turns life into art in “Hamlet,” to be staged in Rowayton’s Pinkney Park starting June 16.
Actor Joey Santia and director Claire Kelly talk about how Shakespeare illuminates the workings of the soul and turns life into art in “Hamlet,” to be staged in Rowayton’s Pinkney Park starting June 16. Photo Credit: Jayson Byrd

NORWALK, Conn. – “Hamlet” has been selected as Shakespeare on the Sound’s 21st annual production, featuring a 1950s setting and an age-appropriate cast with director Claire Kelly’s adaption unfolding for 16 performances between Thursday, June 16 and Sunday, July 3, in the natural amphitheater of Pinkney Park in Rowayton.

Twenty-one-year-old Joey Santia will play the title role – at the age, and more or less the stage of life, that Shakespeare envisioned for the character of Hamlet.

Where classic interpretations of "Hamlet" run more than four hours or even five hours, the play is rarely acted in uncut form and Kelly has trimmed the Pinkney Park script to 2 1/2 hours wrapped around a 15-minute intermission. Still to be cast are Hamlet’s romantic interest, Ophelia and the obliquely-comic role of Hamlet’s close adviser, Polonious.

"Two decades of delivering The Bard’s lavish prose illuminating the workings of the human soul have given Shakespeare on the Sound a remarkably dedicated following and driven roots into the community. The richness of such a fine cultural resource with its sustainable opportunities for education and sheer family fun is woven into the fabric of the community through our activities and our production,” said Cherie Burton of Rowayton, president of the Shakespeare on the Sound board of directors.

Shakespeare on the Sound is introducing “Hints on Hamlet,” a free wine-and-cheese event in the Moose Room of the Rowayton Community Center (on Highland Avenue) on the second Monday of every month until the end of the play, offering insights on how the pieces of the production are assembled. Registration is suggested but not required. Click here for more information or call 203-229-1300.

There is still no charge to get into the park Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. On those nights, donations remain encouraged – $20 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, but this season introduces an admission charge of $20 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for adults, while children 12 and under are free. Reserved seating is still available for $50 and Monday nights are dark.

Tickets can be purchased in the park or online here .

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