Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tom Ridgely
Original Music by Mohsen Namjoo
Wednesday, May 10, 2017–Saturday, June 3, 2017
Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012.
This provocative dual-language adaptation of Hamlet, featuring Tony Award-nominated actor Arian Moayed, is set in Persia circa 1916, on the eve of the first World War and the arrival of the British.
Tony nominee Arian Moayed (The Humans, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) offers a revelatory new reading of the "melancholy Dane". Set in Persia a hundred years ago, on the eve of World War I, Waterwell’s Hamlet weaves passages of Farsi translation into the English of Shakespeare’s masterpiece of crisis and identity. In it, a traditional way of life is being threatened by an evolving world, the land is being threatened by encroaching foreign interests, and a young man finds himself uprooted and torn between opposing customs, values and codes. Featuring a vibrant score that seamlessly blends traditional Persian and modern western elements, this is a bold re-imagining of most renowned play in any language.
Drama Desk nominee and Waterwell co-founder Tom Ridgely directs.