This is a work in progress...
I am beginning work on my Master's dissertation which will explore an alternative approach to the roles of Gertrude and Ophelia in "Hamlet" based on Shakespeare's intense focus on pretense and meta-theatricality in the play. It proposes the reinterpretation of both characters as more active participants in the actions of the play than are traditionally presented - as active co-conspirators in the action of the play: Ophelia with Hamlet, and Gertrude with Claudius.
This dissertation has informed and will be informed by a stage production of my own interpretation of Hamlet based on that reinterpretation which was performed under my direction at:
The Woodward Shakespeare Festival
August 14 - September 13, 2008
This production put my thesis into practice and tested its feasibility on stage.
The production has generate its promptbook as well as a director's rehearsal journal and a video of the performance which will all be included as a reference in the bibliography of the dissertation.
The photos below are from that production. Click on them for more production photos.
As I begin accummulating research and information on the production, I will continue updating this site.