Franklin stages ‘Hamlet’

Franklin College theater majors and campus thespians are offering a fresh take on of one of William Shakespeare’s signature works this weekend.

The theater department continues its presentation of William Shakespeare’s “The Hamlet Project,” adapted for the stage by Nicolas Crisafulli and Susan Crisafulli, at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. All performances will be in Théâtre Margot in the Johnson Center for Fine Arts, located at the corner of Branigin Boulevard and Grizzly Drive.

Shakespeare’s famous play follows Hamlet as he navigates events following the death of his father.

Primarily original text, the adaptation welcomes academic and pop culture critics to the tragedy, providing both help and confusion as Hamlet seeks to answer his most famous question, “to be or not to be,” according to a statement from the college.

Nicolas Crisafulli, professor of fine arts and theater at Franklin College, will direct the play. He earned his bachelor’s degree in theater arts and political science from Presbyterian College in South Carolina and his master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Memphis. Crisafulli joined the Franklin College faculty in 2009, after serving as a graduate instructor at the University of Memphis.

General admission is $12. Admission is $8 for students and seniors (55 and older). Franklin College students, faculty and staff are admitted free with a valid Franklin College ID. Tickets may be reserved by email at or by phone at 738-8029 or 800-852-0232, ext. 8029.