Twist on `Hamlet' gets another twist

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July 25, 2002|By Helen B. Jones

Tom Stoppard's 1966 play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead gets a nontraditional production this weekend and Aug. 2-3 by the Invisible Theatre Company, a 3-year-old troupe founded by five alumnae of Roland Park Country School.

The play tells the story of Hamlet from the point of view of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two old school friends of the Danish prince who are minor characters in the Shakespeare work.

Rather than cast both as males in this production, director Edie Catto has cast one male (Jonas Grey as Rosencrantz) and one female (Stacey Eckler as Guildenstern) in the roles. Why? "The play is about human beings, about the human condition," she says. "I felt perfectly comfortable casting the two best actors in the roles, one of whom happened to be a woman."

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead will be performed in the Sinex Theatre at the Roland Park Country School, 5204 Roland Ave. Show times are 8 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Aug. 2-3, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $6 and $9. Call 410-499-7629.

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