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Drama presents Hamlet April 24-27 and May 1-4

April 23, 2013

Hayley as Hamlet

Hayley Karbowski in the title role of a steampunk production of Hamlet by A-B Tech Drama. Photo by Frank J. Bott at Albemarle Inn, Asheville. 

A-B Tech Drama announces production dates for the company’s 16th production, Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy Hamlet.   A-B Tech alumna Hayley Karbowski plays Hamlet and Peter Carver directs.  Shows will be at 7:30 p.m. April 24-27 and May 1-4 in the Simpson Lecture Hall on the College’s Asheville campus. Tickets are $5 for A-B Tech students, $10 for other students and $15 for adults.

Hamlet’s extensive sound design (two theremins, violin, bass, guitar, and hammer dulcimer) by A-B Tech student Anthony Dorion will be built and performed on state-of-the-art equipment furnished by Moog Music, Inc. of Asheville.  Asheville’s Biltmore Estate has graciously allowed the interiors of the house to be projected as scenery, transporting the audience from room to room of Elsinore Castle. Some scenes of the play will be projected from video and hand-held projectors. 

The tragedy is considered by many to be the greatest show ever written. A-B Tech Drama’s production is fast-paced, less than 2 ½ hours, and focused on action and a new attitude towards gender.  Themes of indecision, revenge and retribution, deception, ambition, loyalty and fate make Hamlet timeless.

Prince Hamlet mourns both his father's death and his mother, Queen Gertrude's remarriage to Claudius. The ghost of Hamlet's father appears to him and claims that Claudius has poisoned him. Hamlet swears revenge. He kills the eavesdropping Polonius, the court chamberlain. Polonius's son Laertes returns to Denmark to avenge his father's death. Polonius's daughter Ophelia loves the Prince, but his behavior drives her to madness. Ophelia dies by drowning. A duel takes place, and the play ends bloodily. 

To more fully grasp the essence of their endeavor, the company invited Teri Wade, Life Repatterning and Essential Life Story Writing practitioner, to join the production team. Andy Crespo is the director of photography.  Frank J. Bott is the publicity photographer.  Shane Jenkins designs costumes.  Bill Munoz is the fight choreographer.   Former Actors’ Theatre of Nantucket artistic director Richard Cary plays Claudius, veteran HART actress Allison Stinson plays Gertrude, Ken Knight plays Polonius, Zoe Linn plays Ophelia, Badi Mirheli plays Horatio, and Art Moore plays Laertes. Matt Burke (screen actor/Identity Thief) coaches the language.  Laura Chaney heads the design team.  Ken Knight serves as dramaturg.

The A-B Tech Drama Club was founded in 2003 to encourage students to participate in drama at the community’s college.  A-B Tech offers a full range of for-credit drama classes -- Acting I and II, Acting for the Camera, Storytelling, Stagecraft, Play Production, and Stage Makeup are now staples in the curriculum.  A-B Tech Drama produced its first play, The Boys Next Door, at Asheville High School in December 2004.

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