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Hamlet Premieres January 14 on WCVE PBS

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 11:49am -- WCVE

From Quill Theatre – Quill Theatre explores Hamlet through an alternate lens. Following a 200-year-old tradition of female Hamlets, Richmond’s award-winning actress, Molly Hood, takes on the title role. Shakespeare lays bare his character’s nobility and fallibility and, in that spirit, this production will investigate the implications of a modern woman as heir to an ancient throne.

“Christmas On The Rocks”

It’s an intriguing concept to take seven different acclaimed playwrights and give each the assignment of writing a short one-act sketch to take place in the same place – a bar – with the only characters being a bartender and a childhood Christmas icon. I’m not talking Santa Claus icon, but those kids we’ve seen in Christmas plays, movies, and television shows who have grown up and have to reconcile their pasts with the present.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill

The year 1959 was one of profound transition in the United States as we passed from one major epoch into the next. It was also the year that jazz singer Billie Holiday died. Holiday’s passing was just as likely to be reported on the pages of the police blotter as the front page, as her various narcotics charges and wild ways were scandalous to many in that era.

But thanks to the healing distance of time, we can evaluate just how profound her influence was, and can only wonder what might have been had she received the kind of treatment that she needed rather than incarceration.

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