The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0945  Monday, 26 April 2004

From:           Mari Bonomi <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Sunday, 25 Apr 2004 20:10:29 -0400
Subject:        Hamlet at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven

Director Mladen Kiselov brings his vision of Hamlet to the stage in New
Haven at the Long Wharf Theatre through late May.  From the long
interview about the play with the director published Sunday, April 25th
in _The New Haven Register_ :

<<But in Shakespeare's tragedy of the young prince, which Kiselov
interprets as a story of two families, he sees parallels to the present
that inevitably cross over into politics.

Just as the ghost of Hamlet's warrior father urges his gentle son to
take up the sword and avenge his death at the hands of his brother, who
has seized not just his throne but his wife, the older generation still
urges young people to violence, demanding solutions to problems the
younger generation didn't create. The personal mixes calamitously with
the political.>>


<<For Kiselov, the pivotal moment of the play is when Hamlet, now
certain that his uncle, Claudius, has murdered his father, has an
opportunity to kill Claudius and does not take it. But he soon learns
that Claudius has ordered his death, and so, trapped, he abandons his
morals and enters the world of violence. This, to Kiselov, is the most
tragic part of the play.

"Because the world made that choice for him, because the world is a
killer, and the world doesn't care," he said.

"And that's the tragedy of Hamlet: that youth without any exit left -
it's like Sartre's play.">>

The entire story is available online at


Mari Bonomi

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