Love, betrayal and stress are all feelings that present day university students face during their university years

By Roman Auriti
Published: February 12, 2009

William Shakespeare understood this when he wrote Hamlet and managed to express these emotions in a very human way that, literally, people of all ages could relate to in some way. The University of Calgary drama department will channel his words Feb. 17-28 as they embark on their own version of the play.

U of C has never attempted one of Shakespeare's four big plays (Macbeth, King Lear, Othello and Hamlet) and director Patrick Finn says they're adding in a twist.

"It's an all female cast," he explains. "Calgary is loaded with brilliant female actors. There are a lack of roles for all of these brilliant women. I can't imagine why anybody would stage a Shakespeare play without doing gender-blind casting. I said that anybody could try out for any role, and when you do that, what you find is that you have so many brilliant women actors that you're going to be able to stage just about anything as long as you give them the chance to do the roles."

Finn also explains they decided to stage everything in the original time period as well as alter all of the University Theatre for their purposes. Hamlet is also getting its own unique score written right here at the U of C. . . . --NewsHammer 2/17/2009

Continue reading the Feb 12, 2009 article from the University of Calgary's Gauntlet.