“I Am Hamlet” Project
This past April and May, DSF engaged in an exciting community-wide exploration of Shakespeare’s most famous play.
DSF reached into the community to find what this play means to you, how it resonates with your life, what personal reflections it causes, etc. We did this through a number of initiatives:
The director (David Stradley) and lead actor (Griffin Stanton-Ameisen) of DSF’s summer 2014 production of Hamlet visited 10 classrooms in Delaware high schools. Students joined with Stanton-Ameisen in readings of key scenes from the play and Stradley lead discussions exploring how the students connected with the characters and themes of the play.
Retirement Home Visits
Similar to the classroom workshops, Stradley and Stanton-Ameisen visited two area retirement homes to read and discuss portions of Hamlet with Delaware seniors.
Area high school students were asked to write a 500-word essay detailing how they personally connected to the character of Hamlet, referencing a specific selection from the play. Winners received a $250 scholarship courtesy of Prestwick House.
DSF hit the street to create three short YouTube videos asking Delawareans what key Hamlet soliloquies mean to them. Respondees also read short passages from the soliloquies which were edited together into “collage” renditions of the passages.
Social Media Dialogues
DSF ventured into the social media universe and invited tweets and Facebook posts responding to questions of how Hamlet connects with the lives of social media users. Selected responses were edited together into a “social media poem.”
As a public event culminating the “I Am Hamlet” Project, DSF held a Town Hall at Wilmington University on Saturday, May 17 at 2pm. The Town Hall included the public sharing of essay contest finalists, YouTube videos, and the “social media poem.” Guest scholars drew parallels between societal forces present today and when Shakespeare authored Hamlet. Stradley and Stanton-Ameisen provided a summary of their exploration of the play with students and seniors. Audience members were invited to share their impressions of and insights on the ideas presented during the Town Hall.