University Theatre to present 'Women Playing Hamlet'

"To Be or Not to Be" set for April 12-15
By UW-Sheboygan
Alyssa Mares and Lindsay Osuch
Alyssa Mares as "Jessica" [right] and Lindsay Osuch as "Gravedigger"

With an all-female cast, Women Playing Hamlet will be presented on UW-Sheboygan’s stage April 12-15 at 7:30pm. Dubbed “a comedy about a tragedy,” the spring play will be directed by Thomas Campbell, Assistant Professor in the Communications and Theatre Department at UW-S.  Shakespeare fans will appreciate the cleverly written play by award-winning playwright, William Missouri Downs, who has clearly done his homework.

women playing hamletSuggested for mature audiences, Women Playing Hamlet is a delight for fans and will make you laugh whether you’re a fan of Shakespeare or not.  Jessica, a 29 year-old actress from Minnesota, has just been cast in the role of Hamlet and is terrified!  Everyone is telling her she’s too young, too unprepared, and (gasp!) a woman!  All the negativity sends Jessica into a tailspin as she navigates what it means to take on one of Shakespeare’s most complicated characters. Oh, and she’s being stalked by Patrick Stewart. It’s tough for Jessica to figure out “to be
or not to be,” when she can’t even figure out herself.

The ten cast members include Alyssa Mares as Jessica, Angela Ramey as Gwen and Amanda Seefeldt as the Bartender. The other seven members play multiple roles. They include: Karyn Attipoe as a Starbucks Actress and Bicycle Messenger; Leah Bischoff as a Barfly, Rosy and Homeshopping Network Model; Iris Ehaney as a Priest and Emily Ostergaard; Hilarie Mukavitz as Lord Derby and a Minnesota Mother; Lindsay Osuch as Male Psychiatrist and a Gravedigger; Grace Pibbernow as Humanities Professor and Ghost; and Jennifer Schleinz-Herbst as Gilda and Homeshopping Network Hostess. Seefeldt is also the Stage Manager.

Four performances of Women Playing Hamlet are planned for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, April 12-15 at 7:30 pm. All performances will be in the University Theatre, located on the UW-Sheboygan campus at One University Drive in Sheboygan. Tickets are available at the door only. The box office opens at 6:30pm.  The general admission tickets are $10 adults and $5 for seniors and non-UW Sheboygan students. UW-Sheboygan students are free (with student ID).  Free parking is available.  For more information, visit or phone 920-459-6677.



What: Spring theatre production, Women Playing Hamlet

Who:   University Theatre

When: April 12, 13, 14, 15 - 7:30pm

Where: University Theatre, UW-Sheboygan Campus, One University Drive, Sheboygan

How:  Purchase tickets at campus box office, one hour prior to show.






Sue Bausch, Regional Director of Communications