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Swords, skulls, and soliloquies: UGA University Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia’s University Theatre wraps up its season with William Shakespeare’s Hamlet April 14 – 16 and April 20 – 22 at 8 p.m. each day, with 2:30 matinees on April 17 and 23. With all the trappings of Shakespeare’s tragedies, Hamlet explores treason, incest, murder and revenge.

Director Ray Paolino, head of performance in UGA’s department of theatre and film studies, touts Hamlet as, “The greatest play ever written.” With numerous theatrical and filmed versions, starring actors as varied as Sir Lawrence Olivier and Mel Gibson, Paolino differentiates this production by presenting a stark exploration of this labyrinth of the mind and asks, “What is it to be a man? How do we know who we are? What separates us from, or bonds us to, other humans?”

UGA graduate actor Brian Kimmel said of tackling this iconic role, “It is a challenge as an actor and as a person. I think Ray [Paolino]’s approach will make this complex work accessible to the audience by reminding them that we are all asking the same questions. Also, people get poisoned and fight with swords in this production, which is awesome.”

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for UGA students, and can be purchased through, by phone at 706/542-4400, in person at the Performing Arts Center box office or at the door before the performance. For more information, see