Hamlet Wakes Up Late

Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:30pm

More dates through November 18, 2017

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Flex Theatre
430 College Ave, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

By Mamduh Adwan
Translated by Margaret Litvin
Adapted & Directed by Rebekah Maggor

With original music by Kinan Abou-afach and choreography by Jumay Chu and Niara Hardister


In this biting political satire of Shakespeare's tragedy by renowned Syrian poet and playwright Mamduh Adwan, Hamlet is a narcissistic prince, blissfully unaware of his people's bleak reality. Distracted by drink and theatre rehearsals, Hamlet fails to notice the rise of a brutal plutocratic dictatorship.

The production, adapted and directed by Cornell Dept. of Performing & Media Arts assistant professor Rebekah Maggor, brings together text, original music and movement to explore past and present events in Syria, while at the same time pushing the boundaries of our contemporary political conversation in the U.S.

Cosponsored by the Society for the Humanities, Cornell Council for the Arts, Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa, Near Eastern Studies, and Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Government Department, Comparative Literature, Music Department, American Studies, and the Carl Becker House.

With a special appearance by the Cornell Fencing Team.


November 10, 11 & 17, 2017 at 7:30pm 
November 18, 2017 at 2pm & 7:30pm
Flex Theatre
Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets: $15 Adults. $8 for All Students, Seniors, and Cornell Faculty/Staff/Alumni.

**Please note that assistive listening systems may not be available for all events.

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