The Acting Company to perform 'Hamlet,' 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead' at Purdue

March 7, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Acting Company will perform "Hamlet" at Purdue University's Loeb Playhouse at 8 p.m. on March 29, and at 3 p.m. the following day in Loeb Playhouse the Acting Company will perform "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead."

These performances are presented by Purdue Convocations.


Ticket holders are invited to attend a preshow discussion with Thomas Adler titled "A Dozen Ways of Looking at 'Hamlet'" at 7 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 322.

"Madness in great ones must not unwatched go." And that is why, for the first time in its storied history, the Acting Company will present William Shakespeare's "Hamlet." The tale of Prince Hamlet's pursuit of revenge for his father's murder plumbs the depths of grief, rage, retribution, danger, and moral corruption. "Hamlet" is one of the world's most retold tales. The global lexicon has absorbed its rich rhetoric, which the Acting Company will bring to vivid life.

'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead'

Ticket holders are invited to attend a preshow discussion with Thomas Adler at 2 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 322.

One terse line seals the fates of courtiers conspiring against Prince Hamlet in Shakespeare's "Hamlet." But what would happen if these bit players humorously expounded on artistic expression, free will versus determinism, or the impossibility of certainty? The Guthrie Theatre and the Acting Company combine talents to flip "Hamlet" on its existential ear with Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead."

The three-act play transpires when the duo is offstage in Hamlet, with misadventures, playfully philosophical musings, and a clever love for language. John Rando, the Tony Award-winning director of "Urinetown," directs this masterpiece of theatrical invention.


Tickets to each performance are $30 for adults and $22 those 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933. Group discounts are also available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 20-30 performances of widely varying genres. Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media.

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