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A Provincetown World Premiere (AUDIO)

By Charlotte Robinson, July 16, 2022

I caught the world premiere of award-winning author Sarah Schulman’s new play “The Lady Hamlet” at The Provincetown Theater in Provincetown, MA & it delivered. It took 17 years for Schulman’s daring & romantic farce to come to fruition & it was fabulous. “The Lady Hamlet” is a smart, gender-defying comedy with huge heart, deep curiosity & serious laughs. The play is about two women born to play Hamlet set in 1920s NYC as they engage in a war of wits that leaves their colleagues & lovers caught in the crossfire. This clever costume comedic period piece makes you think & laugh at the same time. In a fencing match both mentally & physically these dueling divas battle to see who will be the first & best female Hamlet on Broadway & win the off-stage hand of the fair Ophelia. Directed by David Drake, Artistic Director at The Provincetown Theater the cast of 6 includes Jennifer Van Dyck (Broadway: Two Shakespearean Actors, Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa), Kate Levy (Broadway: Bernhardt/Hamlet). John Shuman (Broadway: La Cage Aux Folles, TV: “Boardwalk Empire”), Anne Stott (Film: “Don't Look Up,” “The Mothership,” “Crookedfinger”) Laura Scribner (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent) & Brandon Cordeiro (Broadway: The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me). “The Lady Hamlet” was developed in part through the Provincetown Theater's new play development program The Stephen Mindich Literary Project. My advise is don’t miss this play. It runs through Thursday July 21st. COVID-19 safety protocols for the performance include mandatory facemasks for all patrons except while actively consuming food or drink & proof of vaccination. I talked to Sarah about the inspiration for her fabulous new play & her spin on our LGBTQ issues. LISTEN  

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