Upcoming show

Valley Shakespeare Company to Present Female Hamlet

For Summer 2020 Season
Performances will be Free to Public

Valley Shakespeare Company at Western Oregon University will present Shakespeares’s most famous tragedy, Hamlet, free to the public, on the Leinwand outdoor stage on the campus of WOU at the end of July. This production of Hamlet is the searing tragedy of a young woman, tormented by her father’s death and confronting each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world. A student is called home from university to find her life turned upside down. “She had the world at her feet,” but now everything has changed. Who can be trusted? Who can be believed? Sent by the ghost of her father to avenge his brutal death, Hamlet’s mission to expose the truth is a perilous journey of madness, murder and lost love. What will ultimately become of a young woman sent to kill?

Director David Janoviak will produce this bloody tale of love and betrayal in modern dress behind a dark, ritualistic and primitive backdrop as old as revenge itself. The production will feature a soundscape of Japanese chanting and Taiko drumming. Guest Professional and WOU Alumnus, Janelle Rae, will play the title role. Janelle graduated from Western Oregon University receiving a BFA in Acting accompanied with a minor in American Sign Language in 2017. Janelle’s most recent roles include Alice in Jane Doe in Wonderland, CJ in CJ-A Trilingual Play and The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors at Oregon Children’s Theatre; and Lydia in Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley at Oregon Contemporary Theatre.

The show will also feature several other guest professionals: costumes designer Laurel Peterson, who also designed costumes for VSCs critically acclaimed Midsummer Night’s Dream (2016) and Tartuffe (2016); guest professional actor Stephen Price will play the part of Claudius, Hamlet’s uncle; VSC resident guest artist Ted deChatelet will play a role of Hamlet’s Ghost and the Gravedigger; and guest professional Lucy Paschall will play the role of Gertrude.

Valley Shakespeare Company at Western Oregon University will perform Hamlet Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 25, 26, 27, 28 & Thursday, Friday and Saturday August 1, 2, 3 on the Leinwand outdoor stage outside of Rice Auditorium on the campus of Western Oregon University. The show will feature lawn seating, so audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. All performances will begin at 7:30PM and are free to the public. The running time of the show is approximately 2 hours and twenty minutes with one intermission. The Friday performances will be interpreted.

For more information, please contact David Janoviak (Director):

David Janoviak
Chair—Division of Creative Arts
Western Oregon University
(503) 559-1551
janovid@wou.edu