Ronay Menschel Hall, Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Avenue, at 103rd Street New York, NY 10029
"Transforming Hamlet: from Bard to BBQ" on Monday, May 16 at 6PM.
This month, two iconic cultural institutions present distinct takes on one of theatre's most famous tragedies. The Metropolitan Opera's "Hamlet" by Brett Dean and The Public Theatre and National Black Theatre's "Fat Ham" by James Ijames each use Shakespeare's drama in vastly different ways, creating an exciting, real-time dialogue about response, adaptation and inspiration. In this conversation, Debra Ann Byrd (Artistic Director, Southwest Shakespeare Company) speaks with creators James Ijames (Fat Ham, playwright) and Matthew Jocelyn (Hamlet, librettist) as well as directors Saheem Ali (Fat Ham) and Neil Armfield (Hamlet) about revisiting and revamping a classic for new audiences. Featuring the talents of tenor Allan Clayton (title role of Hamlet) and pianist Bryan Wagorn.
A collaboration between Met Opera, The Public Theater, and National Black Theatre, in association with Peoplmovr.