Like the chalk line down the middle of feuding siblings’ bedroom floors, the line between comedy and tragedy is thin and can lead to melodramatic outbursts if crossed by mistake. Watch as the pros cautiously tread the boards with this GrouponLive deal to Intrepid Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet at SDA Performing Arts Center in Encinitas. For $12, you get one general-admission ticket (up to a $28.75 value, including all fees). Choose from the following showtimes:
- Wednesday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, January 31, at 7:30 p.m.
- Friday, February 1, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, February 3, at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, February 3, at 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 6, at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open one hour before showtime.
”Intimate, accessible, affordable” productions fueled by “passion, imagination and language”—that’s the mission of Intrepid Shakespeare Company. In the four seasons it’s existed, the youthful company has specialized in severing Shakespeare from any associations with starched collars and Elizabethan formality, making liberal use of modern costumes, rock soundtracks, and casting that sometimes ignores the traditional gender of the roles. That boldness of spirit has paid off: U-T San Diego praised the company’s debut as an “eye-opening staging” of King John with “good performances . . . too numerous to tally,” and found its Romeo and Juliet filled with “flashes of raw immediacy,” including “realistic and first-rate” fight scenes.
Its disregard for convention doesn’t mean that the cast members of Hamlet aren’t motivated by a deep respect for their source material. To prepare for the play, they’ve worked closely with a dramaturge (English literature PhD Gideon Rappaport) to imbue their line readings with meaning and emphasis accurate to the Bard’s intent and era. The timeless tragedy follows Prince Hamlet as he unleashes his fury upon his uncle Claudius for murdering his king father, succeeding the throne, and not putting his DVDs back in their cases after watching them. “There’s no place to hide,” in the psychologically intense performance, Sean Cox—Intrepid’s Hamlet—says on the company’s blog. As intimidating as that may be, the company’s cofounder should be well equipped to leap into the antic melancholy of the title role—he won acclaim in 2010 for bringing to life the spark of madness in Romeo and Juliet’s Mercutio.