Educational and Cultural Series

The Redlands Forum, sponsored by Esri and the University of Redlands Town & Gown, offers educational and cultural programs on a variety of topics for free or at nominal cost. Presenters include government and business leaders, environmentalists, filmmakers, and performers.

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.

Registration will open one week prior to the forum.

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Most programs take place in the Esri Conference Center, 380 New York St., Redlands, CA 92373. Esri campus map


Seating is limited, and advanced reservations are required. If you are unable to make your reservation online, please call 909-748-8011.


You can e-mail your questions, or
contact the Esri event coordinator at
909-793-2853, ext. 7287.

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