What happened to Prince Hamlet before he uttered the famous line, “To be, or not to be. That is the question”? That’s the question Boulder playwright David Davalos ponders in his comical play “Wittenberg.”
The twist on a Shakespearean classic receives its regional debut Thursday evening at the University Theatre on the campus of the University of Colorado as part of the 2015 Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF).
“Wittenberg” follows a young, impressionable Prince Hamlet attending Wittenberg University in 1517. There, he encounters the diabolical Doctor Faustus, a fictional character from a play by Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe, and the seminal figure of the Protestant Reformation Martin Luther. Davalos describes it as an “interplay of language and ideas.”
“I hope audiences will have fun with the show,” Davalos says, “and maybe come away with a new perspective on one of Shakespeare’s greatest works of dramatic art.”
- See “Wittenberg” through Aug. 8 as part of the 2015 Colorado Shakespeare Festival
- CU Boulder will exhibit rare Shakespeare artifact in August 2016
- Five Questions: Colorado Shakespeare Festival's Timothy Orr
Check back for more online and on-air coverage of Shakespeare events happening around Colorado later this month.