Meanwhile, Fortinbras is forced to balance a disastrous and mistaken invasion of in Lee Blessing’s self-described new “metaphysical farce,” FORTINBRAS. Join us as we continue our exploration of all angles and perspectives of Hamlet. In Lee Blessing’s cheeky off-beat comedy Fortinbras (named as one of Time. Lee Blessing concludes his season as the Profile Theatre’s featured playwright — and even brings out The Bard himself.

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The play includes almost every character from Hamlet returning as a ghost. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Learn more about Amazon Prime. William Fortonbras Hamlet is by far one of my all-time favorite pieces of literature, so the uncharacteristic actions in this play were very distracting, but I found myself to get over them quickly.

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Chosen by Time magazine as one of the year’s ten best plays forcalling it “Lee Blessing’s splendid musing on the most influential play in the English language…” “This comedy serves up a yuppie, postmodern Fortinbras, a bewildered Horatio, a blossoming Osric and lots of tasty ghosts.

Dramatists Play Service, Inc. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The Merchant Student Editions. Retrieved from ” https: Paperback67 pages. At the end of Hamlet, the entire royal family lies dead in Elsinore. And that’s what, in the end, this is. I felt that it didn’t warrant one star, but it just barely got into two.


Tanzini is excellent as the simpering Osric, Baker is sharply seductive as the feisty Ophelia, and Fabian makes a perfect straight man as the stalwart Horatio. Fortinbras is a play by American playwright Lee Blessing.


Hamlet was haunted a mere single ghost, but Fortinbras now rules in castle filled with all of the recently departed, and they have a few things they want to get off their non-incorporeal chests. Why was Laertes having trouble bleswing the fact that he was dead?

Tony Winners Manuscripts Special Collections. Blessing have given Polonius, of all people, a pretty thoughtful and I’ll admit, well written monologue and not Horatio, whose feelings I was most concerned about throughout the whole thing? Lee Blessing’s characters are so funny, and he gives voice to numerous things that I wish someone Ophelia, especially had been able to say during the actual Hamlet play.

Lse royal family of Denmark is dead, and Fortinbras has just taken over the helm. Finally, Horatio, fortinbraas to madness by the refusal of everyone to believe in him, assassinates Fortinbras and then kills himself. Fortinbras opened on 18 June at the La Jolla Playhouse. But I loved the blatancy of it all – Hamlet’s stuck inside a tv, they bring the Oedipal thing smack out into the open, and the castle basically is its own character.

I finished it in one day, a relatively busy day. Young Fortinbras, a modern man of action, enters during the last scene of Hamlet only to order the bodies of the royal family shuffled off while he devises the best possible media blitz to legitimize his ascension to the throne of Denmark.

But this was just Blessing has taken an imaginative premise and mined it for all its comic potential, at the same time exploring deeper levels of political and spiritual meaning. I After watching Hamlet and knowing this was going to be produced in Portland, I had to read it.


Views Read Edit View history. The bleak humor, for all its modern forinbras, feels right at home in Elsinore. Zany humor and no small amount of cynicism about the way politics proceeds in its insane way to destroy innocents in its march to noble goals.

The blesslng was made to be directed. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Moscow Art Theatre — Richard Burton Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: A funny and good conclusion to Hamlet.


Lee Blessing’s FORTINBRAS

This is a hilarious play that was made even better by the fact that we had read Hamlet in class earlier in the year. Tapestries with holes poked in them? Jun 15, Christopher rated it it was ok.

It’s no “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”, but it’s still very good, I dare say it’s fairly underrated and is in need of some more recognition. It’s a decidedly fkrtinbras spin, with political opportunist Fortinbras talking a lot about the need for a narrative that people can get behind.

Enter Fortinbras – in this version, a modern yuppie fortinbeas of action who doesn’t understand why Horatio insists on telling some crazy story that starts with a ghost roaming the ramparts – until Fortinbras starts running into some ghosts of his own.

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