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Date & Time
Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 pm
Admission
Tickets start at $10. Buy tickets
Venue
von der Heyden Studio Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705
Description

“What a rare and rich treat to see a group of performers stretch the classics as far as possible and not one inch further.”
—The New York Times

New York actors Eric Tucker and Andrus Nichols chose the name “Bedlam” for their upstart theater company in 2012, they no doubt intended it to convey the energy and audacity of their mission. Using minimal staging and bare spaces, Bedlam sought to recreate canonical classics with postmodern zeal. The idea worked: Bedlam’s debut—a marathon performance of George Bernard Shaw’s 1923 tragedy Saint Joan, based on the trial of fifteenth-century French heroine and martyr Joan of Arc—earned a deluge of acclaim. Four actors played two dozen characters; The Wall Street Journal called it “an experience so intense and concentrated that you’ll feel as though you were part of the action.” Bedlam doubled down by producing Shakespeare’s Hamlet—the Bard’s most popular play, a tale of murder, madness, and revenge in a highly dysfunctional royal family—with the same four actors, played in repertory with Saint Joan. “Bedlam gives us Shakespeare and Shaw with the enthusiasm of youth. Two of the talkiest plays in the English language are, in this case, a whole lot of fun,” raved The New York Times. In a rare trip south of Brooklyn, Bedlam brings its kinetic, interactive productions of Hamlet and Saint Joan to Duke’s intimate von der Heyden Studio Theater. Not to be missed.

Trailer for Hamlet and Saint Joan, courtesy the McCarter Theatre.

Parking

Parking for Duke Performances presentations at the Rubenstein Arts Center is available directly across the street from the venue in the Campus Drive Lot, approximately a one-minute walk. The entrance to this lot is on Anderson Street, just north of Campus Drive, facing the west side of the Rubenstein Arts Center. A crossing guard will be stationed near the entrance of the Campus Drive lot before and after each show to allow you to cross the street safely.

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