By Lynda Jensen
MINNEAPOLIS, MN Murder and mayhem will be delivered by former HLWW graduate Mike Kelley to his drama enthusiasts, as he delivers the dark William Shakespearean drama “Hamlet” to the Twin Cities throughout the month of May.
Hamlet will open Friday, May 8 and run through Sunday, May 17 at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage at 711 West Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis. The performances are courtesy of 3AM Productions; the company part-owned by Kelley.
Hamlet is a story of murder, betrayal, and revenge. “The corruption starts at its base; in the intimate world of the family, it bleeds into the court and ultimately contaminates the entire state of Denmark,” Kelley says of the play.
Hamlet’s battle is not only stately, but also intimate and in the end, he has many truths to write, Kelley noted.
To see the beginning and end, the public is invited to obtain tickets as soon as they go on sale Monday, April 20.
Hamlet isn’t the first time that Kelley has flirted with Shakespeare.
The business 3AM Productions, which is comprised of Michael Kelley, Justin Hooper, Jo Olson and Tim McVean, first established itself in the community in 2005, with the retelling of the classic love story, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Since then the company has produced Love and War by Richard Peaslee, and Skin Tight by Gary Henderson. Currently, the company is working on Shakespeare’s Hamlet for mid-May.
ThreeAM was created originally as a theatre company with the mission to create work as a collaborative that supports creative risks. Through 3AM, four theatrical productions starting in 2005 spanning all different genres were created. Over the past year, 3AM has reached into high school education, talent management, music management, film production and event production. The company has the roots of a traditional theatrical company but ventures into other artistic realms to serve a broader demographic.
Times, tickets for ‘Hamlet’
The schedule for Hamlet is as follows: evenings: May 8, 9, 11, 14, 15, 16 a social hour with live music and art show begins at 6:30 p.m. The play begins at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday matinees: May 9, 10, 16, 17, a Social Hour with live music and art show begins at 12:30 p.m., play begins at 2 p.m.
Ticket Information: Tickets go on sale Monday, April 20. To order, call (612) 339-0207 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost for adult tickets is $16 each; students/seniors, $12. Groups of 10 or more are $10 each.