Theater Program Continues 2019-20 Season With William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

By Tom McLaughlin

The Rutgers University–Camden theater program will continue its 2019-20 season with William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

The production runs from Wednesday, Feb. 12, to Sunday, Feb. 16, in the Walter K. Gordon Theater on the Rutgers–Camden campus.

Evening performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, and a matinee performance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday. A special high school matinee performance will be at 10 a.m. Thursday.

The production, directed by Damon Bonetti, a part-time lecturer in the Department of Visual, Media, and Performing Arts, features senior theater major Brittany Onukwugha of Willingboro in the title role. Read more about Onukwugha’s rise to Rutgers–Camden’s leading roles.

In perhaps Shakespeare’s most influential and challenging play ever written, the ghost of King Hamlet visits his son on a cold winter’s night and demands revenge for his murder. His life turned upside down, the young prince Hamlet plans his vengeance but becomes entangled in a web of deceit and insanity.

“It’s a play of deep sadness and outrage, but also of humanity and friendship,” says Bonetti. “Nothing is what it seems, and over the course of the play, layers of mistrust get peeled away to the terrible truths reckoned at the end.”

Brittany Onukwugha

Bonetti, a three-time Barrymore Award nominee, has performed or directed at many of the area theaters, including the Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and Lantern Theatre Company. He is the co-founding artistic director of the Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, a site-specific theater company dedicated to the performance of rarely presented classical plays.

The cast includes Rutgers–Camden students Anthony Diaz of Cherry Hill as Claudius, Sonñet Holley of Mount Holly as Gertrude, Sarah D’Agostino of Haddon Township as Ophelia, Corinna Thomas of Voorhees as Laertes, and Gordon Malkowski of Asbury Park as Polonius.

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for faculty, staff, and alumni; and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Impact Booth in the Campus Center, or by phone at (856) 225-6211.

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