POP-UP HAMLET

“No matter how you do it…everyone still dies.”

Two ways to catch the PortFringe take on Shakespeare’s most iconic play.

  1. March 4 at 6-7:30pm: 20 Pop-Up Hamlet scenes @ First Friday Art Walk (Free/donation)
  2. March 4 at 8:30pm and
    March 5 at 2pm and 8:30pm: Pop Up Hamlet Mash-Up @ PORTLAND STAGE COMPANY ($10 for the whole play –  all 20 scenes in order!)
    PURCHASE TICKETS NOW!CLICK HERE
    (no physical or printed tickets – purchasing a ticket will place your name on a list at the door)

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In celebration of the incoming Shakespeare Folio, PortFringe presents POP-UP HAMLET. 20 theater companies from across Maine take on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy in the ultimate Hamlet mash up.

Wait, what?
We cut Hamlet into twenty scenes, and randomly assigned twenty theater companies one scene each. The artists are free to present their assigned scene however they want — with dance, puppets, a hip-hop remix, the possibilities are endless– as long as scenes are under 10 minutes and incorporate at least one line of original text from their scenes. Audiences can experience POP-UP HAMLET in two ways: in different pop-up locations throughout Portland’s First Friday Art Walk AND/OR in rapid-fire order from start to finish at PORTLAND STAGE COMPANY.

So how is it “pop up”?
You can catch all 20 scenes scattered throughout the city at First Friday Art Walk, March 4, 6-7:30pm. Companies will be stationed at various locations–from the library to bars to a street corner–across the Arts District. Audience members may travel from scene to scene in whatever order they wish using their Pop-Up Hamlet passport as a guide. See one or see all 20, you get a stamp for each scene you find.
Check them out at these FFAW locations!

GREEN HAND BOOKSHOP (661 Congress St)
-James Patefield (Scene 1)
-Allen Adams (Scene 2)
-Joe Quinn (Scene 4)

COFFEE BY DESIGN (620 Congress St)
-Mark Magee & Ashley Kotzur (Scene 3)
-Ten Bucks Theatre (Scene 12)

GENO’S ROCK CLUB LOBBY! (625 Congress St)
-Mad Horse Theatre Company (Scene 5)
-Serendipity Theater Collective (Scene 14)
-DragonMaul Productions (Scene 20)

PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY (5 Monument Square)
-Woodshed Mystics (Scene 9)
-Hit The Lights! Theatre Co (Scenes 6 & 19)

ETAIN BOUTIQUE (646 Congress St)
-Pop Killed Culture (Scene 8)
-Eric Worthley (Scene 18)

THINK TANK (533 Congress St)
-theatre.unmasked (Scenes 7 & 10)
-Pie Man Theatre Company (Scene 17)

THE BEARDED LADY’S JEWEL BOX (644 Congress St)
-Lorem Ipsum (Scene 11)
-Walks Into A Bard (Scene 16)

EMPIRE (575 Congress St)
-Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Theatre Company (Scene 13)
-Bad Dog Productions (Scene 15)

What if I want to see the whole shebang, in order, just as Shakespeare wanted it*?
We got you! For $10, you can join us March 4 at 8:30, or March 5 and 2 or 8:30 at PORTLAND STAGE COMPANY to see all 20 scenes performed rapid-fire, in order, all in one sitting. Wow!

*We can absolutely guarantee that Shakespeare wanted and needed to see Hamlet performed this way.

Questions? Email us at portfringe@gmail.com!