You've never seen THE SPEECH done quite like this.
Hamlet's father was murdered by his Uncle. His mother married the murderer and may or may not be involved in the crime. Hamlet's girlfriend is told by her father and brother that she's no longer allowed to see him. Hamlet's friends spy on him. Everyone in the play discusses how crazy Hamlet has been acting. And to top it all off, Hamlet actually saw the ghost of his dead father asking for retribution! Why then, at Hamlet's darkest moment, the contemplation of suicide, is the "To be or not to be" speech typically performed as an intelligent, sane, level-headed comparison of the pros and cons of death?
Also, everything in the play BEFORE this speech happens TO Hamlet. Everything AFTER this speech is DRIVEN by Hamlet. So what happens during this speech to kick him into high gear? The only way to explore these questions was to throw away the rule book and try it another way. The Speech is a depiction of Hamlet like you've never seen him before.
Adapted and Directed by Joe McClean. Starring Barry Finnegan. Produced by Mike Kopera. Director of Photography Mike Testin. Original Music by Michael Teoli.