July 15- August 7, 2016
Thursday, Friday, Saturday @8pm Sunday @2pm
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tom Haine
Assistant Director Patricia Lynch
Hamlet, prince of Denmark, is haunted by the death of his father and the hasty remarriage of his mother to his murderous uncle. He wreaks madness, murder, love and hate in this powerful and influential tragedy. Shakespeare’s timeless classic sears to life in a contemporary setting.
Meet the Cast
- Hamlet: Andrew Gumm
- Ophelia: Samantha Schmidt
- Claudius: Steve Jensen
- Gertrude: Susan Stratton
- Polonius: Ray Lynch
- Laertes: Jake Wascher
- Horatio: Samuel Young
- Ghost/Priest: Chris Marler
- Rosencrantz: Julia Bodey
- Guildenstern: Cecily Keppel
- Player King/Gravedigger: Martin White
- Player Queen: Laura Gracie
- Gentlewoman/Player: Claire White
- Marcellus/Captain/Reynaldo: Brody Gogatz
- Barnardo/Osric/Lucianus: Alejandro Gutierrez
The program can be downloaded here: Hamlet Program
Press images are available here, courtesy of Tony Eisenhower:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 22, 2016
Coronado Playhouse Box Office (619) 435-4856
Coronado Playhouse presents William Shakespeare’s Hamlet 20th Annual Free Classic Series, July 15 – August 7th, 2016
Coronado Playhouse, celebrating their 70th year, continues their 20th Annual Free Classics tradition with the Shakespeare classic, Hamlet.
Considered Shakespeare’s ultimate masterpiece and believed by many to be the greatest play written in the English language, Shakespeare’s tragedy tells the story of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Hamlet is summoned home to the royal court to attend his father, the king’s funeral, and witness his widowed mother’s marriage to his uncle, Claudius, the newly self-crowned king. In a supernatural encounter with the ghost of his father, Hamlet becomes suspicions that his father was murdered by Claudius and sets about finding out the truth to avenge his father’s death at the cost of almost every life on stage, including his own.
Local director and Coronado Playhouse board member Tom Haine directs this production giving the play a contemporary setting allowing audiences to easily identify with the characters, feel closer to Shakespeare’s language and experiences the play’s themes and emotions that run throughout. Haine has assembled a cast of local actors including both Coronado Playhouse favorites and others making their Playhouse debuts.
This year marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and Coronado Playhouse is excited to be able to join with other arts organizations around the globe in celebrating the life and works this master playwright and poet. Here in San Diego, a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio (the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s works) is currently available for public view in the San Diego Central Library and open to the page displaying Hamlet’s famous “To be or not to be” speech.
Production Team & Cast
The production team includes: Tom Haine (Director), Patricia Lynch (Assistant Director), Chris Powell (Producer), Ryan Bresnahan (Sound Design) Josh Olmstead (Lighting Design), Jane Russell and Pat John (Costume), Kathy Parks (Stage Manager), Barron Henzel (Set Design) and Pamela Everett (Properties and Set Dressing).
The cast features: Julia Bodey (Rosencrantz), Laura Gracie (Player Queen), Andrew Gumm (Hamlet), Brody Gogatz (Marcellus / Captain / Reynaldo), Alejandro Gutierrez (Barnardo / Osric / Lucianus), Steven J. Jensen (Claudius), Cecily Keppel (Guildenstern), Raymond Lynch (Polonius), Chris Marler (Ghost/Priest), Samantha Schmidt (Ophelia), Susan Stratton (Gertrude), Jake Washcher (Laertes), Claire White (Gentlewoman / Player), Martin White (Player King / Gravedigger), Samuel Young (Horatio).
About Coronado Playhouse
Coronado Playhouse is the Community’s Theatre committed to using our public platform for quality entertainment and to help those in need. Throughout our season, we partner productions with established non-profit organizations to raise money and awareness. An annual grant from the City of Coronado allows us to present a classic play each year free to the public making theatre more accessible for educational purposes and pure enjoyment. We welcome donations to help us meet our growing budget requirements and encourage supporters to purchase Coronado Playhouse memberships affording them benefits that include voting rights, preferred seating and free tickets throughout the season.
Coronado Playhouse is the oldest, longest continuously running community theatre in San Diego County and Coronado’s oldest arts organization. The 2016 season marks 70 years of entertainment, service and outreach to Coronado and area audiences.
DATES: July 15-August7, 2016
TIMES: Thursdays – Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays 2:00 p.m.
TICKETS: Free to the public with reservations required through the website. Tickets are limited to 6 per person. For Hamlet, Coronado Playhouse will operate an open seating policy with the exception of season ticket holders who are required to make their reservations through the Box Office.
Contact the Coronado Playhouse Box Office at 619-435-4856 or go to our website at CoronadoPlayhouse.com
Cast and production members are available for interviews and video opportunities. Stills photography of the production will be provided upon request. Please contact the Box Office for specific media interest and needs. Coronado Playhouse is a qualified 501(c) 3 non-profit organization as San Diego County’s longest continuously running community theatre.
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JULIA BODEY (Rosencrantz) graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in LA and New York in the Studio Program. Since then she has been acting in San Diego theatre, film, and doing commercial work. Favorite theatre roles include Rosemary Fenton in Bullshot Crummond (Broadway Theatre) and roles in Romeo and Juliet (Coronado Playhouse). Favorite film/TV roles include: Jaimie in Sydney and Jaimie (Illuminating Pictures and Constellations Casting), and Stacie in the comedy pilot Amish Television (BTS TV).
BRODY GOGATZ (Marcellus/Captain/Reynaldo) is happy to be making his debut at Coronado Playhouse. Previous credits include: San Diego City College Festival of New Plays, Head the Musical at Tenth Avenue Arts Center, Freedom Train at Vanguard Theater. I would like to thank my wife Amanda for all of her support.
LAURA GRACIE (Player Queen) is delighted to join this wonderful cast of Hamlet and to be acting again after a long career in science. She is a native of Rio and this is her first role in the US. She is grateful to director Thomas Haine and Coronado Playhouse for this opportunity.
ALEX GUITIERRZ (Barnardo/Osric/Lucianus) is happy to return to the Playhouse since Inherit the Wind and last year’s 12 Angry Jurors at Southwestern College. I’d like to thank Tom for the opportunity to participate in the show, the cast for their inspiring work and commodore as well as my family for their love & support.
ANDREW GUMM (Hamlet) previous Shakespeare roles include, Caliban, in The Tempest, Puck, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Benedick, in Much Ado About Nothing. He would like to thank his incredible wife, Lindsay, for having patience with his absence, and his neighbors for having patience with him pacing around in his underwear, yelling at nobody.
CECILY KEPPEL (Guildenstern) is excited to return to Coronado Playhouse for this amazing show! She has enjoyed exploring local theaters in shows such as The Supporting Cast (Lamplighters), Wrong Window! (PowPac), and Lend Me a Tenor (Mira Mesa). Many thanks to the cast for all the laughs shared in creating this drama!
RAYMOND LYNCH (Polonius) Off-Broadway, Los Angeles (Mark Taper Forum and other theatres), regional Shakespeare festivals/ repertory. Locally: Coronado Playhouse, Trinity Theatre, Lamplighters, Vista’s Broadway, and as Beethoven with the San Diego Symphony. First job: The Old Globe in a show directed by Craig Noel. Later cast by Sir Richard Attenborough in the film Chaplin. Wide range of television, film, and commercials. Degrees: USIU and Wayne State; training: Charles Nelson Reilly, Kate and Ellen Geer, HB Studio (NYC).
STEVEN JENSEN (Claudius) appeared at CPH in twelve plays and three cabaret nights, most recently Tartuffe, Romeo and Juliet, Spamalot, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Many plays elsewhere, including Edward II (Diversionary), Julius Caesar (New Village Arts), The Gondoliers (Lyric Opera SD), King Lear and Macbeth (Vanguard), and The Tempest (Poor Players).
CHRIS MARLER (Ghost/Priest) has been an actor for 35 years. Chris majored in Drama at USC. He appeared previously at Coronado Playhouse in Romeo and Juliet, playing the Prince. Chris was a founding company member of the Redlands Shakespeare Festival where he appeared as Macbeth and Cassius among many roles.
SAMANTHA SCHMIDT (Ophelia) This is Samantha’s second show with Coronado Playhouse and she is ecstatic to be joining such a tale
nted team for this production of Hamlet. She would like to give a special thank you to her mother and to Nic Latta for all the selfless contributions they’ve made to her life.
SUSAN STRATTION (Gertrude) Classically trained, Susan is happy to be back swimming in the Bard’s waters, while making her CPH acting debut. Past Sh
akespeare roles include Kate/Taming of the Shrew, Rosalind/As You Like It, and Helen/Cymbeline. Susan trained with Shakespearean scholars Robert Benedetti, Ellen Geer, Fran Bennett, and Wesley Van Tassel. Degrees: B.A. in theatre (SDSU) and M.A. in Direction (CWU). Favorite roles include: Lottie (The Dark at the Top of the Stairs/SRT), Vidalia Sparks (The Sugar Bean Sisters/POWPAC), Mrs. Bennet (Pride and Prejudice/OSP), and more.
JAKE WASCHER (Laertes, Fight Choreographer) is thrilled to make his Coronado Playhouse debut. He was most recently seen as Carl Hanratty in CoSA’s production of Catch Me If You Can, which he was nominated for Best Actor at the Ben Vereen Awards. He is pursuing a BA in Theatre Arts at Cal State Fullerton in the fall.
CLAIRE WHITE (Gentlewoman/Player) returns to CPH after a hiatus of several years, and is excited to join this talented cast and crew in Hamlet. She has performed in other productions of Hamlet in several venues in San Diego and Los Angeles, as well as Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, and Macbeth at CPH. When not on stage, she has also been involved as stage manager, house manager, concession manager, sound crew, and box office. This performance is dedicated to beloved husband, Gravedigger/Player King Martin.
MARTIN WHITE (Player King/Gravedigger) is very happy to return to the Coronado stage after lately appearing at Lamplighters Theater as the Doctor in Send Me No Flowers and at Powpac as Mayor Meekley in Unnecessary Farce. He is proud to be blessed with First Player and is overjoyed at getting to play Goodman Delver with his wife, Claire (as the Lord Hamlet says, ‘’…with modesty enough…”).
SAMUEL YOUNG (Horatio) is thrilled to be working with this committed and energetic cast. He was most recently seen last year in Becky Shaw at the Patio Playhouse, and will be working with them once again this fall, when he will be directing Sylvia. He wants to thank his friends and family for their encouragement and support.
THOMAS HAINE (Director) Tom’s prior directing credits include Tartuffe, Romeo and Juliet, King Lear, Macbeth, Hedda Gabler, You Can’t Take It With You, Bury the Dead, Rumors, and Dearly Departed. Tom has received formal training in directing from the Berkeley Rep and from Cambridge University in the UK. He has also trained with the Old Globe’s Jonathan McMurtry, Dakin Matthews, and Brendon Fox and with the San Diego Rep’s Todd Salovey and Sam Woodhouse. He is a graduate of the British American Drama Academy Mid-Summer Oxford Program (BADA) in 2010 and practices immigration and criminal law in his spare time.
CHRIS POWELL (Producer) is excited to be working again with Tom Haine and CPH. Other work includes Assistant Director for the award winning productions of Sleeping Beauty and The Famous Rose Taboo, The Best Little Whorehouse…, Grease, The Drowsy Chaperone, Cinderella, Dames at Sea and The IT Girl. Also, produced Romeo and Juliet and Tartuffe and several cabaret shows at CPH. Other shows that he has been a part of are the critically acclaimed productions Thrill Me!, YANK ! The musical, The Busy World is Hushed , Torch Song Trilogy, The New Century, Dooley and Corpus Christi (Diversionary Theatre) and many others.
JOSH OLMSTEAD (Lighting Design) Past credits at Coronado Playhouse include: A Year with Frog and Toad (Blue Ribbon Award Winner in Lighting Design, Aubrey Award Nomination in Lighting Design), Mistletoe, Music, and Mayhem!, Spamalot, Sherlock, Sleeping Beauty, and Chicago. Thanks to the production leadership, Coronado Playhouse board members and staff, and of course to our members and contributors that make community theater accessible to all!
PAT JOHN (Costume Design) Previous: Co-Designer Dixie Swim Club (Lamplighters), A Year with Frog and Toad (CPH), Mistletoe, Music and Mayhem (CPH), Dearly Beloved (CPH), Romeo and Juliet (CPH), Corpse (POWPac), 9 to 5 (OnStage), Chicago (CPH), Ruthlesss the Musical (CPH) Background: Fashion Design (Mesa). Fashion Shows (FGI) (Mesa), Seamstress (Sea World) From concept through completion many hands have joined together to present this fantastic and completed show just for you, our honored guests to enjoy.
RYAN BRESNAHAN (Composer and Sound Design) is performing his original incidental music for Hamlet in this debut composition. He is a media composer with credits in multiple short films, a video game, and a web series, with awards including the Broad Street Film Festival best original score for his 2015 collaboration with director Grant Pauley on the short film The Road to Hell. His work extends past media composing, with pieces commissioned from local high school and college orchestras and symphonic bands. Ryan graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University, where he is currently organizing an exposition of original works by alumni composers.
PAM EVERETT (Props) is thrilled to be continuing to work with CPH for her 9th season. She is thankful to be able to work with our great crews, casts and staff on productions such as Cinderella, The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Sugar and too many others to name. She recently also assisted with Pickwick’s production of Nunsense. A BIG THANK YOU to Dennis and Amanda for all their love and assistance.
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