Hamlet/UR Hamlet

Conceived and created by Theater Mitu
Source text by William Shakespeare
Directed by Rubén Polendo

Imagine Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been buried in a mass grave with its predecessors, Saxo Grammaticus’ Amleth, Belleforest’s Hamlet and the originating Scandinavian mythologies of this epic (known as the UR-Hamlet). Among all of these buried bodies of text live the memories of death, madness, revenge, compassion, and love that plague the human existence. Now imagine Theater Mitu unearths this grave.

Resisting a traditional staging of Hamlet, Theater Mitu investigates these remains as material that amplifies, explores and wrestles with what it is to be born, to truly live and to die. Part installation, part theater, part rock concert— the piece both harmonizes with and revolts against Hamlet’s narratives, languages and histories. Theater Mitu challenges the boundaries between classical adaptation and contemporary performance with this site-specific, hyper-theatricalized production.

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Authored by Denis Butkus, Aysan Celik, Jocelyn Clarke, Alex Hawthorn, Lizzy Lee, Michael Littig, Justin Nestor, Candida K Nichols, Rubén Polendo, Attilio Rigotti, and Scott Spahr.
Cast:  Denis Butkus, Aysan Celik, Michael Littig, Justin Nestor, Attilio Rigotti, Alex Hawthorn, Scott Spahr
 
Associate Director:  Scott Spahr
Lead Sound Designer:  Alex Hawthorn
Lead Technology Design: Justin Nestor
Installations, Additional Technology & Sound:
Denis Butkus, Aysan Celik, Alex Hawthorn, Michael Littig, Justin Nestor, Candida K. Nichols, Rubén Polendo, Ellen Reid, Attilio Rigotti, Scott Spahr
Lead Architectural Install:
Justin Nestor, Rubén Polendo, Walter Ryon, Scott Spahr
Original Songs by The Othermen
Lead Text Architecture and Dramaturgy: Jocelyn Clarke
Additional Text Architecture: Denis Butkus, Aysan Celik, Alex Hawthorn, Michael Littig, Justin Nestor, Candida K. Nichols, Rubén Polendo, Attilio Rigotti, Scott Spahr
Stage Management:  Lizzy Lee
Associate Producer for Theater Mitu:  Tyler Penfield
Associate Producer for NYU Abu Dhabi’s Theater Program: Gaar Adams
Practical Research and Archive by:
Kayla Asbell, Denis Butkus, Aysan Celik, Jocelyn Clarke, Adam Cochran, Jef Evans, Alex Hawthorn, Elizabeth Hess, Lizzy Lee, Michael Littig, Justin Nestor, Candida K. Nichols, Rubén Polendo, Ellen Reid, Attilio Rigotti, Gurukkal Sivakumar, Swapna Sivakumar, Scott Spahr, Liam Torres, Thanapol Dtam Virulhakul
 
The performance style and approach was developed with and by the following performers: Kayla Asbell, Denis Butkus, Aysan Celik, Adam Cochran, Elizabeth Hess, Michael Littig, Justin Nestor, Attilio Rigotti, Gurukkal Sivakumar, Swapna Sivakumar, Scott Spahr, Liam Torres, Thanapol Dtam Virulhakul
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