UH Hilo to offer “NO Way, I Hate Hamlet” class

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Date: Thursday, October 25, 2007
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaii at Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service (CCECS) is offering a special course on legendary playwright William Shakespeare’s timeless classic, Hamlet.

"NO Way, I Hate Hamlet," is a three-class course that will be held Tuesday evenings from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. on October 30, November 6, and November 13, 2007 at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center (PAC) Green Room. The course will be taught by Dr. Jackie Pualani Johnson, longtime UH Hilo Performing Arts drama instructor, actor and director.

Participants will engage in lively discussions about the history, mystery and burden of staging The Bard’s heftiest work. Segments of various film versions will be used to broaden appreciation of the way many modern directors rediscover and reinterpret this lasting tragedy. Classes will cover the reading of Shakespeare’s Hamlet with rehearsals for the PAC production of the Paul Rudnick’s 1991 comedy, “I Hate Hamlet.”

The cost of the course is $30 for general registration and $25 for Osher Life Long Learning Institute members, plus a $9 materials fee for a copy of the “I Hate Hamlet” play. Students will also be responsible for obtaining their own copy of Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Course participants are encouraged to attend the matinee performance of “I Hate Hamlet” on Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 p.m., followed by a potluck and discussion with cast and crew.

For registration or more information, please call CCECS at (808) 974-7664.


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