Sep 092013

Hamlet; Act 1, Scene 2
August 16, 2013

Women playing men playing women playing men…  Lisa Wolpe, Founder and Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, talks about her life’s work.  Carrying on a centuries old tradition, the LAWSC is celebrating it’s twentieth year.  Delving into the “Oh that this too too solid flesh…” soliloquy, Lisa talks playing Hamlet, gender bending and what it’s like to be a “silverback.”  From a woman steeped in Shakespeare comes a deft dance of thought.

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An all-female, multi-cultural aesthetic offers new insight when the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company co-present Hamlet in celebration of LAWSC’s 20th anniversary. Featuring a cast of 16 LAWSC favorites and talented newcomers – including producing artistic director and celebrated Shakespearean actress Lisa Wolpe in the title role – Hamlet opens for press on Aug. 30 at the Odyssey Theatre in West L.A.

Performances of Hamlet take place on Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 p.m. and Sundays @ 2 p.m.*, Aug. 30 through Oct. 27. (*On Sunday, Sept. 1 only, the performance will be @ 5 p.m. with no 2 p.m. matinee.) Additional weeknight performances are scheduled on Wednesdays @ 8 p.m. on Sept. 18, Oct. 2 and Oct. 16; and on Thursdays @ 8 p.m. on Sept. 12, Sept. 26, Oct. 10 and Oct. 24. Tickets are $30, except for the performance on Saturday, August 31 which is $45 and includes a gala reception following the performance. The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025. For reservations and information, call (310) 477-2055 or go to


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