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Working on The Clock has been an honor and a joy. Each rehearsal has provided new questions, challenges, solutions, solutions that didn’t play out the way we had anticipated, and more questions still. Our student playwright, Saaleha Brown, wrote a play encapsulating shame, family, God, life, death, and love: themes that are difficult to candidly discuss in everyday life, and are sometimes even more difficult to explore in the crucible of a rehearsal room. This is what the arts can do in our schools: allow students to explore the human condition in a way that may oftentimes feel awkward and scary, in a space that is safe and revealing.
 
Capital Repertory Theater has extended the conversation further, allowing these particular students the space to continue their exploration in front of an even larger community, here in the Capital Region. I, along with the entire company of The Clock, would like to thank Capital Repertory Theater for their dedication to arts education, and specifically for their involvement in Albany High School’s Promising Playwrights’ Festival. 
 
I’ve been honored to create this play that asks such rich questions by this young playwright, and to experience the company searching for answers has been an even greater gift. As you watch this play, I hope you join us in our journey of questioning, and in our search for understanding. 
 
-Dara Silverman
 
The Clock will be performed at theREP on Friday, May 22 at 6pm. 
For immediate release:
Hamlet extended by popular demand
at Capital Repertory Theatre
 
Shakespeare rocks theREP!
 
ALBANY, NY—MAY 4, 2015—By popular demand, Capital Repertory Theatre’s stirring, critically-acclaimed production of William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark has been extended through Saturday, May 16 (with a number of school performances also added to the crowd-pleasing run of the show).
 
Directed by Kevin McGuire, with Downton Abbey elegance meeting the Bard’s brilliant text, Hamlet stars David Kenner as the ill-fated prince—“a superb Hamlet,” Didyouweekend.com’s Steve Coffey says of his portrayal, “moving stealthily between avenged and avenger.”
 
McGuire, a Broadway star and Capital Repertory Theatre mainstay, calls Hamlet, “The greatest play ever written. With it, Shakespeare invented the human imagination. People didn’t think about the world in the same way before Hamlet.”
 
The Times Union calls McGuire’s fast-paced show, “Vivid, brisk, emotionally resonant and achingly tragic,” with critic Steve Barnes noting, “This story, about murder, revenge, betrayal and bonds torn asunder, breathes deeply with life.”
 
The New York Theatre Guide crows, “Hamlet is nothing short of rewarding, and simply needs to be watched at all costs.”
 
And the Daily Gazette’s Matthew Moross concurs, writing, “No doubt about it, it’s a stunning achievement for theREP—another feather in the cap of a fine season.”
 
Tickets for Hamlet at Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl Street, Albany—$20-$60—are available exclusively through Tickets By Proctors at (518) 445-SHOW (7469) or by visiting capitalrep.org. The Box Office at theREP opens two hours before showtime.
 
Regular performance times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday—with matinees 3 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, through May 10.
Extended dates: 8 p.m. Friday, May 15; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 16.
 
A discussion night for Hamlet, featuring cast members fielding questions from the audience, will take place following the Wednesday evening performance on May 6.
 
The Sunday, May 10 matinee will be preceded by a Behind-the-Scenes event, which features a complimentary light continental breakfast for ticketholders and discussion led by theREP’s Producing Artistic Director Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill. Food service begins at 12:30 p.m., with the presentation following from 1-1:30 p.m.
 
Hamlet at Capital Repertory Theatre is sub-sponsored by
Keeler Motor Car Company and Omni Development.
 
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By Will Gallagher, Discover Albany

"Vaill explained that no one should feel that they need his deep background with Shakespeare to enjoy Hamlet. He adds, 'I think being exposed to it young is absolutely wonderful but I really think you can come to it at any point in your life. It’s that sort of, when it’s time, it’s time. If you’re open to it, you’ll get it. The story is there and is so clear with presentation.'
 
He continues to explain that seeing Shakespeare live is the best way to understand it, 'It [Shakespeare] can be taught in schools when you read it, but these plays weren’t meant to be read. They were meant to be performed, so the second you see it, all of a sudden you are let into the story.' "
 
 
By Steve Barnes, timesunion.com
 
"David Kenner, so satisfying opposite McGuire in Capital Rep’s “Red” two years ago, was an ideal choice for Hamlet. Though a sullen, brooding adolescent at first, slouching around with hands in the pockets of his all-black outfit, Kenner’s Hamlet matures quickly into a young man battling extraordinary circumstances, some of his own making. His big scene with his mother, Gertrude, expertly played by Deanna Lorette, is deeply affecting, a mother-son confrontation for the ages. Kenner’s facility with the language and his approach to Hamlet’s famous speeches are so natural that, in some cases, you don’t realize you’re hearing them until they’re underway. These are not standalone arias or beautiful Gielgudian intonings; they’re a man expressing himself, albeit with legendary eloquence, and the production is stronger for it."

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By Matthew G. Moross, The Daily Gazette
 
"To report that David Zyla’s costumes are “smart and appropriate” is a massive understatement. They are meticulously designed to complement and underscore the character’s moods and they do so brilliantly. Add into the mix Ryan O’Gara’s wonderful lighting and Michael Roth’s incredibly effective soundscape and you have a well designed, handsome production."
 
By Will Gallagher, Discover Albany 
 
"David Kenner plays the title character with such beauty, hilarity, and conviction. He brings true humanity and a current sense of humor to one of the world’s greatest works. Hamlet can be a tricky role to navigate, making you question the actual credibility of his sanity by the end of the play. Kenner keeps you on his side, yearning for Hamlet’s justice until the final moments. Even if you know how the show ends, Kenner makes you feel fulfilled by the end of the journey."
 

By Christopher Clemente, nytheatreguide.com

"David Kenner, originally playing opposite McGuire in Capital Rep’s Red, is a fantastic choice as the Prince of Denmark. Emotions run wild in the actor, exquisitely balancing the right amount of comedy, anguish, and charm when need to."

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By Steve Coffey, didyouweekend.com
 
“The acting was superb, a benchmark of Capital Rep productions. Simply, there is no bad acting here. David Kenner played a superb Hamlet, moving stealthily between avenged and avenger. He evolved more and more compellingly as the performance went on. He was with good company: Jeff Williams, who played Claudius, absolutely captured his character. Deanne Lorette, the actress who played Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother, was also excellent. There were no weak links in this all star cast.”
 
By Bill Buell, dailygazette.com
 
“He’s creating a play where William Shakespeare meets ‘Downton Abbey,’ and I think that’s going to make for a visually stunning production,” said Rabine, who last performed on stage as Rev. Paris in Capital Rep’s 2007 production of “The Crucible.” “The set is a bit minimalist in ways, but from what I’ve seen of the costumes they’re going to be beautiful. And Kevin is a great director to work with. He’s an actor himself, so he’s very welcoming to people like me who like to come up and say, ‘Hey, I got an idea, can I try it this way in rehearsal.’ Kevin is very flexible. He knows actors. He knows what drives them and he knows our apprehensions. He’s not like some directors who will insist on using the concept they’ve come up with, no matter what the actors feel comfortable with.”
 

 

By Joe Donahue, wamc.org
 
"Broadway’s Kevin McGuire directs. Kevin is the Founding Artistic Director of the Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall and while there he’s directed Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona, as well as over 50 other plays and musicals."
 

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