Hamlet Shut Up

Sacred Fools Theatre, Los Angeles, November 2009                        Nominee: 2009 LA Weekly Theater Award

Hamlet Shut Up was a comedic retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet without any dialogue, but plenty of sound and action.  We needed costumes that spoke for themselves, and could be changed quickly and easily.  It also needed to be able to pack away into the set pieces for travel to the Fringe Festival. The director and producer wanted an anachronistic period look, and the budget necessitated a design that could be shopped for cheap.  I decided to thrift modern understructure and construct late medieval outerwear and mixed accessories. Also, I got to build a shark, which was awesome. The show was well-received at the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival, making this my first design to appear on stage in New York.

Hamlet Shut Up Principal Cast
Hamlet Shut Up Principal Cast
Hamlet's Family
Hamlet's Family
Ophelia's Family
Ophelia's Family
Tragedy
Tragedy
Hamlet Rendering
Hamlet Rendering
Hamlet
Hamlet
Hamlet Pirate
Hamlet Pirate
Claudius Rendering
Claudius Rendering
Claudius
Claudius
Claudius
Claudius
Gertrude Rendering
Gertrude Rendering
Gertrude
Gertrude
Laertes Rendering
Laertes Rendering
Laertes
Laertes
Ophelia Rendering
Ophelia Rendering
Ophelia
Ophelia
Ophelia Crazy
Ophelia Crazy
Polonius Rendering
Polonius Rendering
Polonius
Polonius
Horatio Rendering
Horatio Rendering
Horatio
Horatio
Three Guards Rendering
Three Guards Rendering
Guard 1
Guard 1
Guard 2
Guard 2
Guard 3
Guard 3
Yorick, Hamlet's Father, Ghost Rendering
Yorick, Hamlet's Father, Ghost Rendering
Yorick
Yorick
Father's Ghost
Father's Ghost
Ghost Head Operator
Ghost Head Operator
Five Actors Rendering
Five Actors Rendering
Actors
Actors
Bees
Bees
Ghosts
Ghosts
Gravedigger, Clown, Referee Rendering
Gravedigger, Clown, Referee Rendering
Gravedigger
Gravedigger
Clown
Clown
Referee
Referee
Three Pirates Rendering
Three Pirates Rendering
Pirates
Pirates
Accompanist, Shark, Vendor Rendering
Accompanist, Shark, Vendor Rendering
Shark
Shark
Vendor
Vendor