Dave Erwin never saw any ghosts or tried to murder his uncle while he was growing up in East Texas, but somehowHamlet
seemed very familiar to the playwright, sort of like home. So what did Erwin do? He reworked the play asBuford
, setting it in the Lone Star state. The play makes its world premiere today at The Strand Theatre in Galveston. According to Erwin, As a way of studying the play and keeping it fresh, I began writing my own version. Thankfully for those of us who appreciate Shakespeare via Cliffs Notes Erwins version is a comedy. In this retelling, familiar characters assume new monikers (Uncle Claudius is now, appropriately, Uncle Dick), and Denmark becomes a dairy farm. Erwin admits the production casts aside the usualHamlet
pretensions, but, he says, Maybe we can make you laugh.
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opens the 30th season at The Strand Theatre.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Starts: Sept. 7. Continues through Sept. 30, 2007