An innovative adaptation of Shakespeare’s best-known play—widely regarded as the most influential literary work ever written—reimagined for modern audiences.
Join Artistic Director Braden Abraham and leading artists in the field as they dive into adaptor/director Erica Schmidt's brand-new adaptation of Hamlet together for the first time. Through Schmidt's thorough investigation of the text, the bonds of family and domestic relationships in the play will come to the forefront for audience examination and interpretation. Don't miss this unique opportunity to watch incredible actors work with an adaptor to investigate a classic play.
Meet the Artists
Director & Adaptor
Erica Schmidt is a writer/director. Directing credits include: Cyrano (a musical adaptation in collaboration with The National at The Goodspeed and The New Group); MacBeth (Hunter Theater Project, Red Bull Theater, and Seattle Rep), which received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Revival, a Lortel nomination for Outstanding Revival, and is now published by Dramatists Play Service; Richard 2 with Robert Sean Leonard (The Old Globe); All the Fine Boys at The New Group (writer and director), which is now published by Samuel French; Ivan Turgenev’s A Month In The Country (Classic Stage Company); Dennis Kelly’s Taking Care Of Baby (Manhattan Theatre Club); Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s I Call My Brothers; the Obie Award-winning Invasion! (both for The Play Company); Humor Abuse (co-creator/writer and director, Lucille Lortel Award winner) performed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Philadelphia Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theatre, Seattle Rep, and The Taper; Rent (Tokyo); Moliere’s Imaginary Invalid, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer, and Copland’s The Tender Land (all at Bard Summer Scape); Carnival (The Paper Mill Playhouse); Quincy Long’s People Be Heard (Playwrights Horizons); Gary Mitchell’s Trust (The Play Company, Callaway Award nominee); As You Like It (The Public Theater/NYSF, Chashama, and a New York International Fringe Festival Winner for Best Direction); Debbie Does Dallas (wrote the adaptation and directed Off-Broadway for The Araca Group, now published by DPS); Spanish Girl (Second Stage). Erica is a Princess Grace Award recipient (2001) and is working on an upcoming production of Orpheus Descending at Theatre for a New Audience.
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
A favorite among Hollywood casting directors, actor Kelvin Harrison Jr. continues to bring to life some of the most dynamic and diverse characters on screens both big and small. In 2019, he captivated audiences in the drama Luce in which he leads as the title character opposite Octavia Spencer, Tim Roth, and Naomi Watts. The film first premiered in competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was released to great critical acclaim resulting in Independent Spirit Award and BAFTA nominations for both Harrison and the film. Most recently, Kelvin starred in the A24 drama Waves which garnered early Oscar buzz coming out of Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. Waves was his second film with director Trey Edward Shults and reviews singled out his performance as “brilliant,” “excellent,” and a “knockout”, which earned him mentions on several early Oscar contender lists.
2020 was another banner year for Harrison who starred in back to back romantic comedies. First, he was seen in The Photograph opposite Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield, and he also starred as the male lead in The High Note opposite Tracee Ellis Ross and Dakota Johnson. Kelvin also stars as Fred Hampton in the Aaron Sorkin drama, The Trial Of The Chicago 7, which has been in many awards conversation for 2021. He recently wrapped filming Cyrano in which he stars opposite Peter Dinklage and Haley Bennett and went straight to Australia to film Baz Lurhmann’s Elvis Presley project, portraying the role of legend B.B. King.
Kelvin, who has been recognized as a face of independent film, has experienced significant festival success in his short time in the business. Audiences first fell in love with Harrison in his leading roles in Monster and Monsters And Men at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. He also starred in Jinn which won a Special Jury Award at the SXSW Film Festival and JT Leroy, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2017, Kelvin was applauded for his performance in A24’s It Comes at Night which received critical acclaim and earned him a Gotham Award nomination for ‘Breakthrough Actor’, and also had a great supporting role in the Sundance favorite and Oscar nominated Mudbound.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Harrison grew up surrounded by the influence of music alongside his twin sisters. His family of musicians shared their passion with Kelvin at an early age, which he embraced wholeheartedly by learning to play the piano and trumpet. After studying jazz instrumental at the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Harrison further discovered his passion for performing and began doing local theater and musicals before enrolling at the University of New Orleans to study film. Shortly after, Harrison realized that acting was what he was meant to do when he booked a small role in the action sci-fi film, Enders Game. He went on to book several guest star projects and in 2016, Harrison delivered an emotional performance as ‘Simon’ in FOX Searchlight’s "The Birth Of A Nation."
On the television front, Harrison was seen in the NAACP Award nominated, Epix crime drama, "Godfather of Harlem," in which Kelvin was able to put his musical talents to work in his portrayal as world class musician, Teddy Greene. "Godfather of Harlem" is executive produced by Forest Whitaker and inspired by the story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Whitaker). He will be seen starring opposite Zendaya in season two of HBO’s acclaimed drama series "Euphoria."
Harrison loves his craft and enjoys researching and prepping for the characters he plays. He is also a black belt in Korean martial arts and enjoys playing music. When not working, Harrison enjoys hanging out with friends, painting and photography.
Taylor Schilling is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress, best known for her starring role as Piper Chapman in the Netflix original series, “Orange is the New Black.” The seventh and final season premiered on Netflix in July 2019.
Recently, Schilling appeared in the Hulu anthology thriller series, “Monsterland.” All eight episodes of the bingeworthy series premiered on Hulu on October 2, 2020.
Recently, it was announced that Schilling is set to lead in the new AMC hour-long animated primetime drama, “Pantheon.” Schilling will lead the voice cast alongside Rosemarie DeWitt, Aaron Eckhart, and Paul Dano. Schilling will next also star in the Spectrum Original’s series, “The Second Wave” with Audra McDonald, from the creators of “The Good Wife,” Robert and Michelle King.
Last year, Schilling appeared in the Film Arcade indie comedy, Family, which released in limited theaters on April 19, 2019, after premiering at the 2018 South by South West Film Festival. Schilling also appeared in Emilio Estevez-directed drama, The Public, starring alongside Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater, and Gabrielle Union. The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival, and released in theaters on April 5, 2019.
In February 2019, Schilling starred in Orion Pictures horror thriller, The Prodigy. The film follows a mother who is concerned about her young son’s disturbing behavior and starts to think something supernatural may be affecting him.
In 2017, Schilling starred in the film, Take Me as Anna St. Blair. The film released on May 5, 2017.
In 2016, Schilling completed production on The Titan, opposite Sam Worthington and Tom Wilkinson. The Titan is set in a not-too-distant future and it tracks the journey of a military family that is relocated to take part in a groundbreaking experiment of man’s genetic evolution into space. It was released by Netflix on March 30, 2018.
In 2015, Schilling also appeared in Patrick Brice’s The Overnight, alongside Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman. The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015 and its distribution rights were subsequently acquired by The Orchard. The Overnight also premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 14, 2015 and the Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, 2015. The film was released in theaters on June 26, 2015.
Earlier that same year, Schilling completed her limited engagement run in the Classic Stage Company production of A Month in the Country, opposite Peter Dinklage. The play ran from January 9, 2015 – February 28, 2015.
In 2012, Schilling appeared in the Academy Award-winning film Argo. She starred opposite Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman in the film that centers on the real-life C.I.A. plan to rescue a group of diplomats from Tehran after the 1979 Iranian revolution by claiming that they were part of a Hollywood movie crew shooting a film. Schilling played Christine Mendez, the wife of Affleck's character. The film was released on October 12, 2012.
Earlier in 2012, Schilling starred opposite Zac Efron in Scott Hicks’ highly anticipated Warner Brothers film The Lucky One. The film is based on the Nicholas Sparks novel about a Marine (Efron) who survives three tours in Iraq and attributes his good fortune to a photograph he carried of a woman he has never met (Schilling), whom he sets out to meet upon his return to North Carolina. The Lucky One was released on April 20, 2012.
Taylor grew up in Massachusetts and graduated in 2006 from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts in Acting. She entered New York University's Graduate Acting Program and left after her second year to pursue her acting career, landing "MERCY," an NBC drama, within four months.
She currently resides in New York City.
Sophie Kelly-Hedrick is ecstatic to be returning to Seattle Rep after performing in director/adaptor Erica Schmidt's 2018 production of MAC BETH. Sophie went on to transfer MAC BETH with Schmidt for two Off-Broadway installments (Red Bull Theatre in 2019 and Hunter Theatre Project in 2020). Sophie will be graduating from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in December of 2021.
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