By Davis McCondichie, E23 Reporter

In case it has not become obvious yet by shows like “Romeo and Juliet” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” the MU Theatre Department has dedicated its 2015-2016 season to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. So, continuing with this idea, the department will show Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.” Dr. Suzanne Burgoyne, professor of directing, script analysis and theatre of the oppressed, is producing and directing the play.

“The play is a comedy… or perhaps one might better call it a tragicomedy,” Burgoyne said. “Audiences can expect to see two minor characters in Hamlet trying to figure out what they’re doing in this play.”

Sounds like an exciting show, right? The cast consists of veteran theatre majors. MU student Dylan Bainter stars as Rosencrantz, and Michael Bayler plays Guildenstern. Senior Zach Huels is the Player.

The show clearly has a sense of professionalism to it, so take all of those school production apprehensions and throw them out the window. This show has every sign that it will be well done.

Burgoyne, when asked why she selected this show, mentioned that she has always loved this show, and that is why she proposed it to the department. That means you have a loyal director trying to put on a show simply out of love for the original material. Still, it is obvious that some people might be unwilling to go, because, well, the ending is pretty obvious.

In fact, let’s go ahead and get this out of the way. Spoiler alert! For those of you who apparently never read “Hamlet” in high school, the two characters named Rosencrantz and Guildenstern die in the end.

Despite the lack of mystery, the play still has plenty to offer. The combination of a director loyal to the play and actors committed to the craft beckons for success, so take a night out this weekend and make it special with this play. Students will perform “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” until Sunday afternoon at Rhynsburger Theatre.

Tags: ,