Jamestown Arts Center to Host Two Shakespearean Performances by Brown/Trinity Rep

The Jamestown Arts Center welcomes the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA program for two avant-garde Shakespearean performances, The Taming of Hamlet on Saturday, April 29 at 7pm and Imogen on Sunday, April 30 at 7pm.

The two Brown/Trinity Rep MFA productions revisit and reimagine Shakespearean texts. The performances are created, acted, directed, and produced by Brown University’s Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies in conjunction with Providence’s Trinity Repertory Company.

“The Brown/Trinity Rep performances have historically been a big crowd favorite at the JAC,” shares Maureen Coleman, Jamestown Arts Center’s executive director. “We have partnered with the Brown/Trinity MFA program since the very early JAC days. The talent is incredible; we literally have front row seats to the talents of tomorrow’s groundbreaking theater artists.”

The Taming of Hamlet, Saturday, April 29 at 7pm

A melding of the oft-deleted induction from Taming of the Shrew and the text of Hamlet as clowning, this adaptation focuses on exploding the hazy line between comedy and tragedy, between dreams and reality, and between “madness” and “sanity.”

The audience finds themselves dropped into the story of Christopher Sly, a drunk braggart, and the Leading Player and his traveling troupe of trunk-based, mischievous actors. As a bit of a game and a bit of a challenge, the troupe plots to prop Christopher Sly up as a Lord and perform for him “a kind of history.” What follows is a mind-melding psychological breakdown of the playing space, the performances, and the Leading Player’s psyche.

Director Andrew Watring offers, “Drawing inspiration from dark comedies like American Psycho and Funny Games, this Hamlet seeks to play, to unnerve, and to achieve a world shift for the ages.”

Director: Andrew Watring

Katsuto Sakogashira Christopher Sly / Polonius / Laertes
Austyn Williamson Leading Player / Hamlet
Sara States Bawdy Player / Gertrude / Hostess / Marcellus
Allison Jones Maverick Player / Claudius / Hamlet Sr. / First Clown / Messenger
Tay Bass Lover Player / Ophelia / Horatio

Imogen, Sunday, April 30 at 7pm

Labeled as a comedy, a romance, and a tragedy, Shakespeare’s Cymbeline is often noted as one of the most complex plots the bard ever wrote. What holds it all together, and the heart of play, is the story of Imogen; a brilliant, resilient, and deeply compassionate princess. Known as one of Shakespeare’s “perfect women,” she is often at the mercy of the men around her, her fate remaining in their desires. This adaptation seeks to solely explore Imogen’s arc within Cymbeline, challenging how her destiny is decided and who gets to make that decision.

Director Sharifa Yasmin offers, “Imogen is an epic journey of good and evil, love and loss, and a young princess’s transformation into the woman she’s forbidden to be.”

Director: Sharifa Yasmin

Rosalyn Tavarez Imogen
Layan Elwazani Pisania / Lady Helen
Nicholas Byers Posthumus / Lord Aaron
Germainne Lebrón Iachimo / Lord Malcolm
David Bertoldi Cloten / King Cymbeline

Tickets in-advance are $15, JAC members/seniors/students $10. Tickets at the door are $18, JAC members/seniors/students $13.




Like Newport Buzz? We depend on the generosity of readers like you who support us, to help with our mission to keep you informed and entertained with local, independent news and content. We truly appreciate your trust and support!