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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at UC Davis: photos

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Tom Stoppard’s 1960s play Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead finishes its run at the UC Davis Department of Theatre & Dance tonight through Saturday at the Main Theatre in Wright Hall.

Michael Barakiva, Granada Artist-in-Residence at UC Davis, directs the absurdist comedy that elevates two minor characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet to central roles. The play features witty fast-paced dialogue and philosophical ponderings that involve meaning, being, and knowing. “There are times when things make sense and there are times when you’re transported from one space to another and reality bends to accommodate desire or fear,” Barakiva notes. “We’re using Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Lorca’s traveling band of actors as inspiration,” he continues. “It’s somewhere between Shakespeare and Beckett.”

  • Remaining shows: Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 1-3 at 8 p.m. Main Theatre, Wright Hall, UC Davis
  • Purchase tickets: 530.754.2787, or toll-free 866.754.2787 or http://tickets.mondaviarts.org
  • More information: http://theatredance.ucdavis.edu or http://facebook.com/ucdtheatredance

Note: photos were taken during a dress rehearsal Wednesday night. Thank you to the director, crew, and cast.

Mitchell VanLandingham as Rosencrantz
Will Klundt as Guildenstern
The Players
Bobby August, Jr. (center) as The Player
(L to R) Will Klundt as Guildenstern, Bobby August, Jr. as The Player, and Mitchell VanLandingham as Rosencrantz

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