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UW to Perform Shakespearian Classic

April 13, 2010 -- Shakespeare's tour-de-force tragedy, "Hamlet," will be the Department of Theatre and Dance's final performance of the 2009-2010 production season.

Directed by Professor Leigh Selting, "Hamlet" runs April 20-24 at 7:30 p.m. and April 25 at 2 p.m. on the University of Wyoming Fine Arts Center main stage. Tickets cost $14 for the public, $11 for seniors and $7 for students. Tickets are available for purchase online at or call (307) 766-6666.

As the most-produced and most-quoted of Shakespeare's plays, "Hamlet" has captivated audiences for more than 400 years with its explorations of life, love, duty and vengeance. The UW production of "Hamlet" features Pete Simpson in the title role and his real-life father, UW professor emeritus Peter Koi Simpson, as the ghost of Hamlet's father.

A notable alumnus of UW, Simpson Jr. holds an MFA from the prestigious National Theatre Conservatory in Denver. As a professional actor, he is a long-time member of the widely acclaimed "Blue Man Group," an avant garde-based performance ensemble that has gained national and international recognition since its N.Y. debut in 1991.

Simpson Sr. is son of governor and U.S. Sen. Milward Simpson and brother of Sen. Alan Simpson. As a major contributor to the study of Wyoming history and politics, his public service and community involvement are extensive.

For more information about the production, call (307) 766-2160.

Posted on Monday, April 19, 2010

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