“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”


Written by: Taijha Silas

Northwestern State University’s Creative and Performing Arts Department will be showing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard.

The play concerns the misadventures and musings of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet who are childhood friends of the prince, focusing on their actions with the events of Hamlet as background.

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” is structured as the inverse of Hamlet; the title characters are the leads, not supporting players, and Hamlet himself has only a minor role.

The duo appears on stage here when they are off-stage in Shakespeare’s play, with the exception of a few short scenes in which the dramatic events of both of the plays coincide.

Emmanuel Dunn, Junior Theatre Major, playing the role of King Claudius, had this to say about his character.

“My character is the rule and order of the show, who has  killed hamlet’s father and who gives Rosencrantz and Guildenstern the orders to check on hamlet and pushes them forward into the show.”

When asked how rehearsal and preparation for the show was going Maci Walgamontte, Sophomore theatre major playing the role of attendant was quoted saying “The rehearsal process has been wonderful the cast really has a great chemistry and the management and direction has truly created magic.”

Pia Wyatt, Professor of Theatre and Dance and Director of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” by Tom Stoppard shared this.

“I feel like this show deals a lot with questions and I think that it’s really important to be able to question things in life and to question life and ask why we are here? And what’s our existence in life about? And hoping that we can make a difference, so my goal is to allow the audience to realize that they can make a difference.”

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” will be running from October 31st-November 10th in Theatre West. For reservations and more information on Tickets please contact Lucasw@nsula.edu 

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