Thy Name Is Woman

A Public Conversation: Wednesday, October 5. 6-7 p.m.

Are you excited about our production of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” on stage January 2023? Get a taste of the brilliance to come this Wednesday during a riveting conversation with actor and company member Tia James, PlayMakers Producing Artistic Director Vivienne Benesch, and Toronto-based Why Not Theatre. This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

Where: CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, 123 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Description: Ophelia and Gertrude are well known female characters in “Hamlet”, but historically many female actors have taken on the lead role itself including Sarah Bernhardt, Asta Nielsen and Frances de la Tour. This season, Toronto-based Why Not Theatre and PlayMakers Repertory Company will present retellings of “Hamlet” on our UNC-CH campus. Notably, both performances will feature a woman in the lead role of Hamlet. In this public conversation, director Vivienne Benesch and actor Tia James (who are just now preparing for the PlayMakers production in January) will compare notes with Why Not Theatre actors performing Ravi Jain’s remixed, reimagined and bilingual (ASL and English) “Prince Hamlet” at Memorial Hall on October 7.