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Photos from “Sweets to the Sweet” in suburban Chicago

Hamlette (left) and Laurita (right) in their sword fight at the climax of "Sweets to the Sweet."

Hamlette (left) and Laurita (right) in their sword fight at the climax of “Sweets to the Sweet.”

In September, Gorilla Tango Theatre in Skokie, Illinois (an offshoot of the one in Chicago proper) staged my full-length script “Sweets to the Sweet.” At last, here are some photos from the show.

“Sweets to the Sweet” is my re-write of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. I’ve switched the genders — so Hamlet becomes Hamlette, Laertes becomes Laurita, Ophelia becomes Phil, Claudius becomes Claudia and so forth — and set the show in a modern-day slumber party. The language is modern, but includes all the famous Shakespeare lines. To me, it’s a way to help introduce audiences to the real thing. Plus, it creates a lot of female roles in what otherwise is a male-heavy show — and allows for some girls to try out stage combat.

Director Jessica Sawyer has shared these photos. So here goes: Read the rest of this entry »

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