Waterwell presents a dual language (English/Farsi) version of
Thursday, May 25 at 7pm
Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York City
Join us for a special NIAC sponsored evening on Thursday, May 25th including an exclusive afterparty!
Waterwell (Arian Moayed & Tom Ridgely, Artistic Directors) announced on April 11 a limited-run engagement of a new dual language (English/Farsi) version of Hamlet to be presented at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. The production will star Tony Award Nominees Arian Moayed (The Humans, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), Sherie Rene Scott (Women on the Verge, Everyday Rapture) and Micah Stock (The Front Page, It’s Only A Play) and be directed by Drama Desk nominee Tom Ridgely.
The full cast will also include Barzin Akhavan, Amir Arison (The Blacklist), Maryam Atei, Brendan Averett, Cary Donaldson, Andrew Guilarte, Abraham Makany, Arash Mokhtar, Ajay Naidu, Sathya Sridharan and Sheila Vand (24: Legacy). Original music will be composed and performed live by Iranian singer-songwriter Mohsen Namjoo, “the Bob Dylan of Iran” (New York Times).
Set in Persia on the eve of World War I, Waterwell’s Hamlet weaves snatches of Farsi translation into Shakespeare’s masterpiece of crisis and identity. A traditional way of life is being threatened by an evolving world, the land itself is being threatened by encroaching foreign interests, and a young man finds himself uprooted and torn between opposing customs, values and codes. Featuring a cast composed mostly of Middle Eastern and South Asian actors – and a score that seamlessly blends the ancient and the modern – it is a bold re-interpretation of the preeminent play in the western canon.
For tickets outside the NIAC event on Thursday, May 25th, see here.
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tom Ridgely
Original Music by Mohsen Namjoo
Scenic Design by Jason Simms
Costume Design by Nina Vartanian
Lighting Design by Reza Behjat
Sound Design by Sinan Zafar
Waterwell’s Hamlet made possible by support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Howard Gilman Foundation, Richenthal Foundation as well as the New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Armin Tehran and dozens of private individuals.