Plymouth Bay Cultural District Presents Hamlet, Actors Workshop

Touring company brings outdoor Shakespeare performance back to Plymouth Waterfront

Plymouth Bay Cultural District, America’s hometown destination for arts and culture, presents a two-event Shakespeare series on Sunday, August 20, in collaboration with Brown Box Theatre Project of Maryland.  An Actors Workshop will be held at 4:30 pm at Plymouth Center for the Arts, 11 North Street; followed by a spectacular outdoor production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by Brown Box’s company of actors, directed by Kyler Taustin, at 7:30 pm, Memorial State Park stage on the Plymouth waterfront.  In the case of inclement weather, the performance will be held at Spire Center for Performing Arts, 25 ½ Court Street, Plymouth.  The series is sponsored by Plymouth Bay Cultural District and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), with additional funding in part by the Town of Plymouth Promotions Fund.  Both events are free and open to the public, reservations are required for the workshop.

Kicking off the day’s events, an Actors Workshop for attendees age 16 and up engages attendees in a compelling exploration of Shakespeare’s text.  Brown Box teaching artists lead students through a variety of exercises focusing on improvisation, self-expression, and working collaboratively.  Enjoy an introduction o Hamlet prior to the performance, aiding in the understanding of Shakespearean texts.  Participants from all backgrounds and experience levels explore the amazing hidden gems found in Shakespeare’s verse, and the powerful effect of speaking these words aloud.  To make a reservations to attend the Actors Workshop, email

Immediately following, workshop and performance attendees are welcome to arrive in full costume regalia and join in on a Shakespearean procession just prior to the performance en route to the waterfront!

In the one-night-only open-air performance at Memorial State Park, murder, treason, intrigue, and betrayal culminate to form the harrowing and timeless theatrical experience that is Hamlet.  Shakespeare’s pivotal work delves deep into the recesses of human consciousness in a raw and unforgiving examination of a treacherous political landscape and one Prince’s struggle with the weighty consequences of action, inaction, pain, numbness, and the ever-terrifying unknown.  Considered Brown Box’s most ambitious production to date, the company tours with an 11-actor cast, creating superior, full-scale productions to the joy of audiences across the Northeast.

Now in its’ seventh year of free outdoor Shakespeare performance tours, Brown Box Theatre Project creates high-quality theatre and delivers the unheard voice directly to communities to expand the reach of impactful, professional performing arts. Their bold approach connects audiences and artists through vibrant and enlightening experiences, transforming the way theatre is created and consumed, breaking down barriers in unconventional venues and underserved destinations to reach the widest audience possible.  The company utilizes performance as a tool to share diverse stories, and spark conversation.

Plymouth Bay Cultural District, established in 2014, is home to historic Plymouth’s tightly woven community of dynamic arts, culture and entertainment. The organization provides support for year-round music, visual art, theater, historical sites, dining and businesses in the Plymouth waterfront and downtown region.

Hamlet will be performed outdoors, seating is on the park lawn. For your comfort, bring a blanket or lawn chair, picnics are welcome.

To learn more about Plymouth Bay Cultural District’s events, member organizations and region, please visit, or follow us on Facebook.  For directions or more information about Plymouth Center for the Arts, visit  Metered parking is available in local Park Plymouth lots in close proximity to both events.

For more information about Brown Box Theatre Project, including weather updates and rain locations, please visit, email, or follow Brown Box Theatre on Facebook or the hashtag #HamletBB on Twitter.