Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ making its way to Freeman Stage

Date Published: 
Aug. 25, 2017

The Brown Box Theatre Project will perform Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at the Freeman Stage on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m.

Brown Box Theatre is a traveling company that sees theater as a democratic art form. The group believes that theater should be available to everyone — not just the elite. Brown Box works with Boston-based talent to share a range of theater productions with communities in Massachusetts, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

Brown Box will perform “Hamlet” at 30 outdoor venues over seven weeks. Three weeks of the tour are spent in Massachusetts, and four weeks of the tour are spent on Delmarva. The troupe will also perform “Hamlet” at three schools.

This marks Brown Box’s seventh season. In addition to the Freeman Stage, Brown Box is bringing “Hamlet” to other outdoor venues in Massachusetts and Delmarva, including Tower Road in Delaware Seashore State Park, which has hosted Brown Box in the past.

The venue is located at 39415 Inlet Road, Rehoboth, and the performance will take place on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m.

This is Brown Box’s first time performing at the Freeman Stage, but the two organizations have partnered in the past to provide a local arts and education workshop, said Freeman Foundation Communication & Public Relations Manager Alyson Cunningham.

The Freeman Stage is a program of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes the arts and is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

After “Hamlet,” the Arts & Jazz Festival on Sept. 16 will finish the summer season at the Freeman Stage, though the Labor Day production is treated as a season finale, said Cunningham. In the fall, the Freeman Foundation will focus on arts and education programming.

“This is a free event, so we hope to have a nice turnout,” said Cunningham of the “Hamlet” performance on Aug. 31. “Whenever we have a Shakespeare performance, it’s always a nice, relaxing evening.”

Audience members are being encouraged to bring their own chairs for the performance. The Freeman Stage is located at 31750 Lake View Drive in West Fenwick.