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John Hirsch discusses his production of "Hamlet"

BROADCAST: Jan. 1, 1969 | DURATION: 00:25:15

Synopsis

Director John Hirsch discusses and analyzes his interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” with Studs Terkel during a party for the Stratford Theater Company. Hirsch calls “Hamlet” a pessimistic play, commenting on Shakespeare’s depiction of society and the nature of the characters. He also says that the play’s complexities allow for several interpretations and understandings of the work, which contributes to his bare and simple production of Hamlet. The two discuss Hirsch’s production of “Mother Courage” and how current events and personal experiences influence Hirsch’s work.