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Updated 3:40 pm, July 9, 2014

Writers' Theatre, under the direction of artistic director Michael Halberstam and executive director Kathryn M. Lipuma, is announcing added performances of Hamlet. Written by William Shakespeare and directed by artistic director Michael Halberstam, this production has been extended two weeks and will close on Nov. 25.
 
In Hamlet, the king is dead, murdered by his own brother, who has claimed the throne and the widowed queen. As the world goes on, the prince cannot. Shakespeare's greatest tragedy is equal parts ghost story, political intrigue, doomed romance and murder mystery, and is driven by one of literature's most intriguing, enigmatic and controversial characters.
 
The cast includes Scott Parkinson (Hamlet), Shannon Cochran (Gertrude), Michael Canavan(Claudius), Timothy Edward Kane (Laertes), Larry Yando (ghost), Ross Lehman (Polonius), Kareem Bandealy (Horatio), Liesel Matthews (Ophelia), Julian Parker (Rosencrantz), WitoldHuzior (Fortinbras) and Billy Fenderson (Guildenstern).
 
In particular, this production of Hamlet provides an opportunity for longtime friends MichaelHalberstam and Scott Parkinson, both of whom regularly teach Shakespeare, to collaborate as director and actor on their shared vision of Shakespeare's greatest play.
 
Performances are currently running through Nov. 25. Curtain times are Tuesdays (no performance on Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13 or Nov. 20) and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (with select Wednesday 2 p.m. matinees on Oct. 10, Oct. 17 and Nov. 21 only); Thursdays (no performance on Nov. 8 and Nov. 22) and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. (no 6 p.m. performance on Oct. 14). Tickets cost between $50 and $75.
 
Tickets for most of the regular run performances are now sold out. Tickets for the added dates are available at the theater box office.
 
For more information about Writers’ Theatre, call 847-242-6000 or view the North Shore theater on the Web at www.writerstheatre.org, on Facebook or on Twitter at Twitter.com/WritersTheatre. Writers’ Theatre is located at 376 Park Ave. in Glencoe.
 
About Writers’ Theatre
 
Over the past 20 seasons, Writers' Theatre has become a major Chicagoland cultural destination for plays with a national reputation for excellence. Under the artistic leadership of Michael Halberstam and the executive leadership of Kathryn M. Lipuma, Writers' Theatrehas been deemed the "best drama company in the nation" by the Wall Street Journal and achieved 20 years of surplus operations. The company, which plays to a sold-out and discerning audience of 35,000 patrons each season, has garnered critical praise for the consistently high quality and intimacy of its artistry.


In July 2011, Writers' Theatre announced the hiring of the award-winning, internationally renowned Studio Gang Architects, led by principle Jeanne Gang, FAIA to design a new home for the theater in downtown Glencoe, which will once again allow the theater to grow to accommodate its audience, while maintaining its trademark intimacy. The new facility will resonate with and complement the theater's neighboring Glencoe community and will add tremendous value to Chicagoland and the North Shore as a premier cultural destination.

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