Los Alamos Little Theatre will hold an open play reading of Tom Stoppard’s classic comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Deadthis coming at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Performing Arts Center.
Acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is the tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eye view of two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play.
In Tom Stoppard’s best-known work, the Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where reality and illusion intermix, and where fate leads the two characters to a tragic but inevitable end. Brief appearances of major characters from Hamlet, who enact fragments of the original play’s scenes, add to the bewilderment of the two protagonists, who voice their confusion at the progress of events occurring onstage without them in Hamlet.
LALT will produce the play this coming spring. The reading is an excellent opportunity to gain some familiarity with the script prior to auditions in February. Men and women of a wide age range are needed for the cast. John Cullinan will direct. John Gustafson is the producer.
The Performing Arts Center is located at 1670 Nectar St. More information is available at LALT.org.