Big Brother Hamlet: Adapting Shakespeare to the 21st Century
Thursday, April 6th | 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Chris Beach, Theatre Professor, University of Redlands
Join Chris Beach for a fun discussion about his latest production, Big Brother Hamlet. Taking the theme of “omniscience” found in Shakespeare’s script (God, the Supernatural, King and Kingdom), Beach connects it with today’s most “omniscient entity”—surveillance technology.
The principle scenic element of Big Brother Hamlet is computer projection mapping: a drone appears on stage and projects live audience images, onstage programmers take shifts at a laptop during the show, the projected ghost of Hamlet’s father moves and changes throughout the space, Hamlet’s journey to England is tracked as a blue dot on a map, and more!
A professor of theatre arts at the University of Redlands, Beach has directed over 60 productions in the professional, academic and community theatre arenas. He began the theatre arts department in 1993, and has taught many subjects. His primary areas of concentration are acting and directing, voice and movement, first year seminars, senior seminars, and performance projects.
Chris Beach is also the founding artistic director of the Performance Loft. Located in downtown Redlands, it is an established venue for alternative arts programming in the Inland Empire.
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