The Shakespeare@ production of Hamlet stars Jonathan Forbes (Amazon’s Catastrophe, iTV’s Fearless, Dublin Murders) in the title role, Eden Brolin (Freeform’s Beyond, Lifetime’s Manson’s Lost Girls, Arkansas opposite Vince Vaughn and John Malkovich) as Ophelia, Andrew Sellon (Gotham) as Polonius, Aria Shahghasemi (CW’s Legacies) as Laertes and Mark Torres (Amadeus, NBC’s Manifest) as Claudius. Rounding out the cast are Thia Stephan, Francis Mateo, Fernando Hernández, André Revels, Tenzin Yeshi, Mark Jonathan Quiles, Alice Marks, Wesli Spencer, and Robert Steven Anderson.
Jonathan Forbes, Sean Hagerty (Director) and Eden Brolin
Inspired by Sean Hagerty’s theatre-going experiences in the UK during his artistic training, Shakespeare@ will deliver accessible interpretations of classic works, focusing on diverse dramas with sprawling casts in a new, intimate location for each production. Celebrating Jersey City’s distinction as the most diverse city in America, Hagerty intends for all Shakespeare@ audiences “to be able to recognize themselves, their neighborhoods” on the stage, in addition showcasing the beautiful spaces the city has to offer its community.
Andrew Sellon, Jonathan Forbes, Eden Brolin and Mark Torres
“Jersey City is a perfect place to offer Shakespeare,” says Hagerty. “There’s nothing like it here right now. In the past 10 years, there has been so much great change. It’s an exciting time to be here.” Hagerty believes that the community and artists alike can grow in empathy and humanity by exposure to other ideas and cultures.
Aria Shahghasemi, Thia Stephan, Andrew Sellon, Jonathan Forbes and Eden Brolin
Original music for Hamlet is composed by Joan Melton. Lighting design is by Sarah Johnston, with costumes by Anne-Marie Wright and sound design by Donghyuk Chang. Brad Lemons serves as Fight Director, with Joan Melton as Voice & Speech Coach and casting by Robin Carus. Sydney Steele is the associate producer.
Mark Torres, Sean Hagerty and Thia Stephan
Tenzin Yeshi, Alice Marks and Wesli Spencer
Tenzin Yeshi, Jonathan Forbes, Alice Marks, Eden Brolin and Wesli Spencer
Jonathan Forbes, Aria Shahghasemi, Sean Hagerty, Eden Brolin and Andrew Sellon
Wesli Spencer, Jonathan Forbes, Alice Marks, Tenzin Yeshi, Thia Stephan, Mark Torres, Andrew Sellon, Aria Shahghasemi and Eden Brolin
Artistic Director of Shakespeare@ joins with the cast-Wesli Spencer, Jonathan Forbes, Alice Marks, Tenzin Yeshi, Thia Stephan, Mark Torres, Andrew Sellon, Aria Shahghasemi and Eden Brolin