The mysterious origins of Brudermord are being put to the test in this rarely seen 1710 adaptation of Hamlet, performed as it may have been intended: a puppet show.
Acting as a laboratory for Oxford Professor Tiffany Stern’s research, the Hidden Room uses a new English translation by Christine Schmidle, and puppets created by Los Angeles’ Mystery Bird Puppet Show to imagine the staging conditions of an 18th century puppet play. Live music, fireworks, and onstage narration accompany this most unusual and at times outrageously slapstick version of Hamlet that includes added characters and scenes, yet still enjoys a brisk running time of just over an hour.
Brudermord premiered at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Conference in October of 2013 ahead of its award-winning run in our home of Austin, Texas. Brudermord went on to play at Shakespeare’s Globe in London in 2015, and has been invited back for a return engagement in 2016! Other 2016 UK dates include the world-famous British Library. Please contact the Hidden Room about how to bring Brudermord to you.
WINNER! B. Iden Payne Awards, Best Production of a Comedy
WINNER! Best Director, Beth Burns
WINNER! Best Ensemble, Judd Farris, Jason Newman, Puppeteers
Best Musical Direction, Jennifer Rose Davis, Jason Newman (Nomination)
Best Puppeteering, Ryan Hamilton, Joseph Garlock, Kim Adams (Nomination)
Best Costumes, Jennifer Rose Davis (Nomination)
Best Set Design, James Barnes (Nomination)
WINNER! Austin Critics Table Awards, Best Production of a Comedy
Best Director, Beth Burns (Nomination)
Best Actor, Judd Farris (Nomination)
Brought to you in part by the kind support and contributions of our friends at The Creative Fund and the American Shakespeare Center.
Director: Beth Burns Translator: Christine Schmidle Research Director: Tiffany Stern Narrators: Judd Farris, Jason Newman Puppeteers: Ryan Hamilton, Joseph Garlock, Cami Alys, Jeff Mills, Laurence Pears, Kim Adams Music, Styling, and Costume: Jennifer Davis Puppet Design and Construction: Mystery Bird Puppet Show Puppet Styling: Jennifer Rose Davis Costumes and Props: Jennifer Rose Davis Set Design and Construction, Jim Barnes, Jennifer Rose Davis, Jim Strain Puppet Theatre Construction: Jim Barnes, Jay Baun, Ia Enstera, Scott Jones
“a rare gem of an experience”"-Stacy Alexander Evans, Austin Chronicle
“Brisk, energetic, and remarkably funny”"-Jeff Davis, BroadwayWorld.com
“Playful and vivacious…with a gorgeous cast of puppets, each a model of craftsmanship”"-Cate Blouke, Austin American-Statesman