Fortinbras by Lee Blessing runs April 19-30. Wednesday-Saturday the show starts at 8pm. Sunday, April 23 is at 7pm and Sunday, April 30 is a 2pm matinee. For reservations call: 316-686-1282. Dan Schuster directs.
Young Fortinbras, a modern man of action, enters during the last scene of Hamlet only to order the bodies of the royal family shuffled off while he devises the best possible media blitz to legitimize his ascension to the throne of Denmark. Fortinbras makes snap decisions. He has no use for sentimentality – or for the “truth” if it is inconvenient. “Who can understand all this stuff? A ghost appears to Hamlet and tells him his uncle killed his father, so Hamlet pretends to go crazy – or maybe he really does? – and he decides to kill his uncle. But he stalls around, kills a guy who’s not his uncle, gets sent to England, gets rescued by pirates, comes back and kills everybody – including himself. I mean, come ON.” Fortinbras decides to make up his own story in which they are all killed by a Polish spy.