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Hamlet's Apocalypse FINAL

Hamlet's Apocalypse FINAL

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Published by JOHN HUDSON
Adaptation of Hamlet by John Hudson and the Dark Lady Players performed at Manhattan Theatre Source in November 2010
Adaptation of Hamlet by John Hudson and the Dark Lady Players performed at Manhattan Theatre Source in November 2010

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Published by: JOHN HUDSON on Nov 12, 2010
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HAMLET’S APOCALYPSE
©
DARK LADY PLAYERS (2010) FINAL
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PROLOGUE
Stage is dark. Hamlet enters in darkness and takes his chair, up center. Slouching. Horatioenters and turns on a Ghost Light, placed down center. He gives a look to Hamlet who issulking. Horatio exits and returns rolling a bookcase with an old fashioned lamp and large bookswhose labels are visible. As lights rise, the set is revealed:
 
The stage is set with platforms around the edge. There aretwo large “family portraits” hanging on the upstage wall. One shows Polonius, Laertes, and Ophelia as the Holy Family. The other shows Claudius, Gertrude, and Old Hamlet as “unholy” There is a costume rack up stage center with large labels showing each character and his/her allegorical identities:HAMLET  AntiChrist/Nero AntiChrist/Martin Luther  AntiChrist/The Beast from the SeaOPHELIAMary/ Woman Crowned with the SunLAERTES Jesus Christ POLONIUS 
 
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HAMLET’S APOCALYPSE
©
DARK LADY PLAYERS (2010)
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God the Father & The Polar AxisCLAUDIUS The Beast from the Land GERTRUDE The Whore of BabylonGHOST OF OLD HAMLET The Devil Apollyon/The Destroyer 
HORATIO
The actors are come hither, my lord.
HAMLET
Actors?
HORATIO
They are the best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, sceneindividable, or poem unlimited: Seneca cannot be too heavy, nor Plautus too light. For the law of writ and the liberty, these are the only men; well, actually someare women
(Enter Four Players)
 
HAMLET
Then you are welcome, all. I am glad to see thee well. Were you not in Wittenberg some fewyears ago? It seems to me I have seen you act before. Could you give us a play tonight?
FIRST
 
PLAYER
Yes, my lord, we performed before Dr. Faustus at the University of Wittenberg. We are thesame company, numerous enough, and well rehearsed.
HAMLET
Have you still the same three actresses with you? They used to play well.
FIRST PLAYER
No, my lord only two. One stayed behind with her husband at the Court of Saxony.
HAMLET
Masters, Mistresses, you are all welcome:
 HORATIO
Are you ready for a play my Lord?.
HAMLET
What is the name of the play called?
HORATIO
(he pulls out an enormous Play book)
 
The name of the play is
HAMLET, PRINCE OF DENMARK 
, and each actor has their ownversion so you can choose who shall perform it. It is very full of questions.
 
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HAMLET’S APOCALYPSE
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DARK LADY PLAYERS (2010) FINAL
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HAMLET
I know it well. It is the Book of Revelation in a most antic disposition, a Play about the Anti-Christ and Doomsday.
ACTOR 1
My Lord, my
Hamlet 
is an answer to a long religious poem called ‘A Fig for Fortune’.It begins with the OPENING OF THE PIT and the RULE OF GOD ends in death and Doom!
(Horatio hands Actor 1 a copy of Anthony Copley A FIG FOR FORTUNE (1596). He tries to giveit to Hamlet who will not take it and places it back on the shelf. Each actor will put her book onHoratio’s shelf.)
ALL ACTORS
(shaking their heads)
 
Doom
HORATIO
 Next.
ACTOR 2
My
Hamlet 
is an allegory for the new astronomy in which the stars fall from the heavensOpheliais the Moon, Claudius is the Earth and Hamlet, son of Hyperion, is Helios the Sun, whoECLIPSES the Earth and throws it into darkness.
HORATIO
Go on.
(Horatio takes out Rheticus, NARRATIO PRIMA, Wittenberg (1539) )
ACTOR 2
Indeed, my Lord. The astronomers in Wittenberg now claim the Earth moves around the Sun!
HORATIO
Alas, poor Claudius Ptolemy. Is your geocentric universe overthrown?
ACTOR 3
(
interrupting)
 
It’s not that at all. Any Evangelical can see Hamlet is the ANTI-CHRIST, in three differentguises: As Martin Luther who challenged Catholicism, as the EMPEROR NERO – the letters of his name in Hebrew mean
666
-
and the BEAST FROM THE SEA. That’s why as the son of Satan he impregnates the Virgin Mary. It is very cool. Just like Rosemary’s Baby.
(Hamlet takes out a large copy of the BOOK OF REVELATION)
HAMLET
 Where are you from exactly?
ACTOR 4
(
interrupting)
 
Hamlet is the Son of Satan, I agree, but you don’t go far enough. In Wittenberg Luther overturned the Catholic Church. So does this play. It is a parody of Revelation: SEVENTRUMPETS, VIALS OF PLAGUE, the HORSEMAN DEATH, the WOMAN CROWNED WITHTHE SUN, the WHORE OF BABYLON, Claudius the BEAST, the SILENCE IN HEAVEN andSIX SIX SIX. They all come from Revelation.

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