Theater presents 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern' tragicomedy March 6-22
Famed Stoppard satire latest Nutz 'n' Boltz Theater offering
One of the most popular tragicomic satires ever staged comes to Boring this month when The Nutz n Boltz Theater Company presents Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
Starring Nathan Wright as Rosencrantz and Arthur Delaney as Guildenstern, Tom Stoppards 1966 play is a backstory of Shakespeares Hamlet, told from the perspective of the Danish Princes two foolhardy friends destined for death and other nonsense. The title comes from the final scene of Hamlet, when Hamlet, having been exiled to England, discovers en route a letter from his now-untrustworthy friends Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. The letter commands Hamlets murder upon his arrival in England, but Hamlet rewrites the letter to command Rosencrantz and Guildensterns death and escapes back to Denmark.
Its good, its funny, its unlike any play Ive done before, says Wright, 33, a Clackamas resident. Its kind of absurdist, and its a little off-kilter.
The play will open Friday, March 6, and runs through Sunday, March 22, at the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall, 27861 Grange St., Boring. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets cost $10-$12. The play is suitable for all ages, but best enjoyed by those 10 and older.
For more information, call 503-593-1295 or visit nnbtheater.com.
To see or not to see
Wright notes that Rosencratz and Guildenstern is a little more challenging to act than other plays.
Its harder to memorize than a lot of other plays that Ive done, Wright says. Usually in a play youre cued by what the other person says. In this play theres a lot of lines that dont really relate to what the other person said, so its kind of flying blind. Youve got to really buckle down and memorize the lines.
Delaney adds that the plays incredibly snappy and witty dialogue still delivers a half century after the play was first produced.
Its one of the best plays that I feel was written in the 20th century in the English language, he says.
Wright says the play is funny in a way that not a lot of other plays are, because it combines slapstick, quips and jokes.
Theres bits and pieces of every kind of comedy that you can find wrapped into one show.
Delaney says part of the plays appeal is rooted in the characters outlooks. His character, Guildenstern, is always analytical. He wants empirical evidence for everything going on.
Thats a bit of contrast to his own personality, Delaney says.
Im probably primarily an emotional person rather than an analytical person, he says. But I certainly identify with his need to know what the meaning of life is and the ins and outs of why and what were doing here.
Delaney says audiences should enjoy the famed play.
The two characters are likable people in confusing situations trying to make the best of things, he says. If that isnt understandable, nothing is.Add a comment