"Hamlet" A Dustbowl Tragedy
Harborside Shakespeare Company sets Shakespeare in the Depression
“To be or not to be?” asks the young Hamlet, standing by the grave of his father. The scene is recognizable to many—except for the 1930’s dustbowl setting of the Harborside Shakespeare Company’s summer 2014 production.
Known for vibrant, atypical settings of William Shakespeare’s plays, HSC places “Hamlet” in the Great Depression. The family farm of the successful “King” Hamlet has been failing since his death, and Hamlet, the eldest son, is struggling with the resulting whirling winds of change—especially once he discovers that his jealous Uncle Claudius has murdered his father. Adding to the eerie, barren atmosphere is an evocative soundtrack featuring Mumford & Sons, Robert Plant, Patti Smith, and others.