Release: Oct. 6, 2017
GAMBIER, Ohio — The Kenyon College Dance and Dramatic Club presents “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” the absurdist comedy by Tom Stoppard, in the Bolton Theater, 205 College-Park St., at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12; 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13; and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.
Equal parts humorous and ponderous, grave and irreverent, the play is a metatheatrical, intellectual vaudeville that hinges on nuance and dichotomy. Expect healthy doses of “tumbling, stage combat, mime, physical comedy and coin tricks” tempered by more grandiose questions of existentialism and reason, said director Jonathan Tazewell, the Thomas S. Turgeon Professor of Drama.
The play follows the misadventures of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” who are inexplicably thrust into the spotlight. While the Danish prince plots to seize his uncle’s throne, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern desperately attempt to figure out where they are, who they are, and what, exactly, is going on.
Tazewell finds beauty in the play’s complexity. “It demands a real intellectual sense about things of the world — history, politics — and also language and the way in which we use language, and metaphors about existentialism and death and chance and fate. It’s packed with philosophy, but it is also presented in a very physical, comic way.”
Sophomore Miles Shebar from New York City plays Guildenstern, the more analytical and anxious of the pair. Henry Nash, a senior drama major from Chicago, plays Rosencrantz, a pragmatic character.
Tickets for general admission are $7.50; for groups of 10 or more, $5. Tickets for seniors, non-Kenyon students, and children under 12 are $4. Admission for Kenyon students is $2. To reserve tickets, call the box office at 740-427-5546.
For more information, contact the Department of Dance, Drama and Film at 740-427-5531.