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Young Hamlet

Hoosier Bard Productions premiered in February 2011 at the Indy Fringe Theatre with Young Hamlet, the story of a young revenger—a bright, strong prince coping with his father’s murder and his mother’s embarrassingly rapid remarriage.


The script for ‘Young Hamlet’ was based on the short and ‘suspect’ earliest known text of Hamlet, published in 1603. Director and NOS co-editor Terri Bourus drew on her research about this controversial version of the play to produce a‘punkish’ and ‘less philosophical hero’ brought to life by British Equity actor Thomas Cardwell (IndyStar).


In keeping with their dedication to theatre as a learning laboratory, Hoosier Bard employed many of the original performance practices of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries: minimal technology, frequent stage-audience interaction, bare stage, a mix of historical and "modern dress" costuming, cross-gender casting, live music, and no breaks between scenes or acts. Indianapolis audiences were so enthusiastic about the initial run of Young Hamlet that Hoosier Bard added an extra performance.





Press


Young Hamlet Program

Sold-out IUPUI production of ‘Young Hamlet’ adds Sunday matinee

IU indexpages—Feb. 2011


IUPUI Production of ‘Young Hamlet’ To Run Four Nights at IndyFringe
IUPUI News Center—January 21, 2011



Reviews


‘Young Hamlet’ features a less philosophical hero
IndyStar—Feb. 13, 2011

“Review: ‘Young Hamlet’ at IndyFringe”
NUVO—Feb. 8, 2011



Events & Research


Terri Bourus, “The First Quarto of Hamlet in Film: The Revenge Tragedies of Tony Richardson and Franco Zeffirelli”
Spring 2001

Terri Bourus,“Shakespeare and the London Publishing Environment: The Publisher and Printers of Q1 and Q2 Hamlet”
Analytical & Enumerative Bibliography—2001