Stony Brook University Department of Theatre Arts


Department of Theatre Arts



Adapted and Directed by

Valerie Clayman Pye

Eight performances: April 11-14 & 18-21, 2013

Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 pm,

Sunday at 2:00 pm


Tickets: $20



- Opening April 11th @ 8:00 PM from The Department of Theatre Arts, Valerie Clayman Pye's adaptation of Hamlet in Theatre One, Staller Center for the Arts -
It is an exciting time in The Department of Theatre Arts at Stony Brook University. April 11, 2013, Valerie Clayman Pye, alumni from the class of 1992 will return to Stony Brook as adaptor and director of Hamlet. She describes her vision as follows: “Every day each one of us grapples with decisions that weigh upon us, and require us to take action that we may or may not be able to execute. Hamlet resonates within us, and this adaptation illuminates how Hamlet lives in all of us.” 
Ms. Pye’s adaptation will differ from the original text in that she will “take all the politics out.”  Instead, the focus will be more on the universal human struggle resonating in the most famous line in the history of theatre: “To be or not to be.” The production will be in a style inspired by Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre giving the same intimate experience found at the first performance of Hamlet.

Ms. Pye’s relationship with Shakespeare has come a long way since her one-line appearance in The Taming of the Shrew on the Staller Main Stage in 1990. Since then she has worked and trained with leading experts in Shakespeare and performance, including at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, The Shakespeare Theatre, the Women’s Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has earned a PhD in Performance Practice, and an MFA in Staging Shakespeare with Distinction.  Pye promises a different Hamlet experience that is simply engaging. 

Tickets: General Admission, $20 
For information and tickets, please call or visit The Staller Center box office, 631-632-ARTS (2787)