Monday, July 9, 2012

Hamlet in the Lone Pine Cemetery

Dark and creepy. . . that's the way I like things so going to see the story of the Prince of Denmark at the Lone Pine Cemetery sounded like a fun way to spend a Friday night.

The Portland Actors Ensemble performed and watching the Ghost of the King of Denmark wander the graveyard was a fascinating way to watch the sun go down on Friday. This beautiful crypt was where I first saw the Ghost appear. He wandered through the gravestones making a most dramatic appearance to his son - Hamlet.

And the story just got more interesting from there. There was an actual dual with real swords. I don't think I've ever seen a real sword fight. My son said that was no big deal - because he fences - but hearing the metal clash against metal in the dimming light of an eerie setting like a cemetery was enough to give me a few thrills and chills. 

And, the performance was free and, if you'd like to see it, the next showing is July 8, at 6:00 pm 39250 Pioneer Blvd, behind City Hall Plus an Encore Performance! Portland Outdoor Shakespeare Festival, July 21, at 7:00 pm Hosted by Post5 Theatre, 850 NE 81st Ave., Portland *ASL Interpreted performance.

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