Shakespeare in the Park Returns to Riverside Park for Founders Day

Ian Potter, of Gamut Theatre Group will portray Hamlet in this year’s Shakespeare in the Park production at 7 p.m. on Founders Day, June 27 at Tunkhannock’s Riverside Park. Admission is free.

TUNKHANNOCK — For the eighth consecutive year, Gamut Theatre Group, of Harrisburg will return to Tunkhannock, this year performing “Hamlet” at the new pavilion in Riverside Park along the Susquehanna River. The performance will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27.

Admission is free, and the event is sponsored by the Overlook Estate Foundation and the Dietrich Theater.

Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs or blankets for under-the-stars seating on the lawn.

“Hamlet” is one of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays. It is about a prince who vows to avenge his father’s death, but his contemplative nature keeps him from acting.

This 90-minute version of the play uses Shakespeare’s words and narration to bring the classic tragedy to life on the Riverside Park pavilion stage. It is set in a new context, but preserves the integrity of the story and the words.

Although Hamlet was written between 1599 and 1602, this modern interpretation is accompanied by a modern soundtrack and includes music of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Alt-J, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sigur Ros and many other selections to set the mood of this riveting play.

Before the performance, around 6:45 p.m., literary scholar Bill Chapla, will apprise those gathered of the history of the play.

For more information, call 570-996-1500.

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