Professional production of classic tragedy set to open in the Exmore Town Park, Friday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m., presented free for audiences
EXMORE, VA — “All the world’s a stage!” says Shakespeare. And Friday evening, September 22, at 7:30 p.m., the Exmore Town Park on Virginia’s Eastern Shore will become the stage for a free, full-length performance of Hamlet, one of Shakespeare’s most significant plays.
Presented by the Town of Exmore, in partnership with the Brown Box Theatre Project, a Boston-based, professional performing arts troupe, Shakespeare’s classic tragedy will take place outdoors with the Eastern Shore’s dark night sky and brilliant stars overhead, and nature as a backdrop. This is Shakespeare as “groundlings” might have viewed the play in Elizabethan times.
The atmosphere is Informal and family-friendly with grassy spots for picnicking, and a playground nearby for restless children. It’s a uniquely Eastern Shore experience, intended to make classical theatre more easily accessible to everyone.
“This production marks the beginning of a series of annual events the Town is planning as we work to establish Exmore as a cultural and entertainment anchor point for the ESVA,” said Exmore’s Mayor Doug Greer. “The arts are essential, and we want to make them more available.”
Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most widely-known plays, and is often ranked among the most powerful and influential tragedies in world literature. The unfolding plot reveals political ambitions and motivations while exploring a range of human emotions from love and grief to violence and greed. Shakespeare wrote for the masses, with plenty of bawdy humor and elements of comic relief. Yet, his plays are too rarely accessible to the community at large. The Town of Exmore and the Brown Box Theatre Project intend to dissolve the barriers that can exist between classical works and today’s audiences. In doing this, they are expanding the reach of professional performing arts by bringing the best in performance, design, and collaboration to communities that may be underserved or too far off the grid for most professional touring groups.
“The performance is compliments of the Town of Exmore. There’s plenty of free parking, and we expect a large turn-out,” adds Mayor Greer. “Come early, and bring a lawn chair or blanket.”
The Exmore Town Park is located at 3330 Main Street, and is within minutes of Exmore’s downtown, and three national hotel chains.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check the Town of Exmore’s Facebook Page, http://tinyurl.com/y8g6lkuq.