Hamlet at BPAC

By Laura Howell | February 1, 2018 | Press Release

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University presents Hamlet on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30pm. There will also be a special performance for schools on Wednesday, February 7 at 10:00am. Tickets begin at $15 and are available at the BPAC Ticket Office, by phone 662-846-4626, or online

Hamlet is arguably Shakespeare’s greatest play. Written in 1602, it is one of the most complete portrayals of the human psyche that exists in Western Literature. A compelling tale of familial discord, personal ambition, love and revenge, Hamlet has enthralled audiences for 400 years. Mortality and madness are two of the most pronounced themes of Shakespeare’s epic and the characters; Hamlet, Ophelia, Gertrude, and Claudius inhabit a rich landscape replete with deceit, mistrust, and schemes. Four centuries after its premiere, Hamlet continues as one of the classics of the world stage.

Aquila Theatre’s mission is to make classical works accessible to the greatest number. A play becomes ‘classical’ because we recognize that after a time it transcends the original culture it was created for. It retains the power to provoke the central question of what it means to be human. As a company dedicated to the classics, Aquila Theatre feels a responsibility to acknowledge and explore newfound classical works. Aquila was founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck. In 1997, Aquila became a US non for profit organization and is currently based in New York. The New York Times says Aquila Theatre is “…a classically trained, modernly hip troupe” and that “… the versatile cast of eight, with actors in multiple roles … consistently command attention and admiration.”

Directed by Desiree Sanchez, Aquila’s Hamlet will seek to shed new light on Hamlet’s tragic story. The production will use Sanchez’s innovative use of movement, design, sound, and superb acting to vividly explore the depths of rage, madness, love and death brought about by a culture of obsessive personal ambition. D.C. Metro said “Sanchez is wildly inventive, and the production choices made were carried out beautifully” and NY Theater Review says “her direction is polished and laser sharp. She gets the maximum amount of potential out of every stage moment, has exceptional attention to detail, and is a demiurge of direction.”