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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

  • 11/8/2012 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Memorial Hall, Wish Theater
  • Event Type: Performance

A Masque and Gown Production

Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is the inventive tale of Hamlet as seen from backstage, and follows the tragicomic mishaps of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters from Shakespeare's play. Summoned by forces beyond their control, the two are called to find the cause of Hamlet's madness, but instead stumble upon and past some of the fundamental truths of human existence. Bumbling, ineffectual, and disposable, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are drawn inescapably to their tragic but inevitable end, but in so doing, shed light on what it means to know, to do, to die, and ultimately, to live.

Tom Stoppard was born in Czechoslovakia, on the eve of World War II. His family escaped to Australia, and eventually moved to England. He has written prolifically for TV, radio, film and stage, and has earned critical acclaim for many of his works, including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Arcadia, The Real Thing, and, most recently, The Coast of Utopia. His plays often address issues such as human rights, censorship, and political freedom, as well as linguistics and philosophy.

Tickets are 1 dollar with a Bowdoin ID, three dollars without starting Oct 25.