by Tom Stoppard

E-52 | Fall 2009

"We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke and a presumption that our eyes once watered."

There is a mystique about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to students of English literature (as I was when I first directed this piece) and lovers of theatre alike. When I met with veteran director Jewel Walker to pick his brain before rehearsals started, he told me I should probably select an easier play. (I didn't listen.) R&G has a reputation as an erudite, challenging and wickedly funny piece of work. Yet its intellect, existential dread, and deep connection with Hamlet lend the play a gravitas that often translates on stage to earnest seriousness  rather than raucous comedy. We took tried to push the humor and the absurdism as far as we could.

Our designers created luscious costumes on top of a flat set, emphasizing the interplay between the rich internal lives of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with the stock Hamlet characters.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Hamle
Alfred, Rosencrantz, and Guildenster


Kurt Meusel

Steve Kirvan

Danielle Hillabrand

Edgar Petras

Fallon Rice

Brian Tighe

Will Eatough

Jeremy Maerling

Jeff Rockwell

Miranda Daviduk

Lucy McCully

Loni Slatkin

Jess Zanotti

Production Team

Stage Manager: Chriss Pingaro

Set: Lisa Lafferty and Tyler Rodriguez

Lighting: Camille Turner

Sound: Andrea Fendt

Costumes: Abby Stenner

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devised by Kelli Shermeyer & Megan Hillary, with company members

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funded in part by the Mellon Global South Lab in Performance Cultures & Embodied Creative Practices

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