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147 E. Pueblo St., Reno, NV 89502


Written by: Lee Blessing
Directed by: Melissa Taylor

  • Evening Showdates: 4/1, 4/2, 4/7*, 4/8, 4/9, 4/14*, 4/15, 4/16, 4/21*, 4/22, 4/23 @ 7:30p
  • Matinee Showdates: 4/3 (Talk-back with playwright, Lee Blessing), 4/10, 4/17, 4/23, 4/24 @ 2:00p
    *denotes Thirsty Thursday performance. FREE drink included with ticket purchase.


  • Regular: $18 per person
  • Senior/Student/Military: $15 per person

We’re thrilled to announce that Fortinbras playwright, Lee Blessing, will be joining us for opening weekend! 

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Lee Blessing  has written over thirty plays, including A Walk in the Woods (nominated for Tony and Olivier Awards and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Going to St. Ives, Great Falls, A Body of Water, Thief River, Two Rooms, Eleemosynary, For the Loyal and Cobb.  His plays have been performed worldwide and have earned two Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association awards as well as Obie, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and L.A. Critics Association awards among others.  Blessing’s TNT movie “Cooperstown” won the Humanitas Award.  For more than a decade he headed Graduate Playwriting at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.  He is married to award-winning playwright and TV writer-producer Melanie Marnich.

Synopsis of the show:
Young Fortinbras, a modern man of action, enters during the last scene of Hamlet only to order the bodies of the royal family shuffled off while he devises the best possible media blitz to legitimize his ascension to the throne of Denmark. Horatio, sworn to the dead Hamlet to convey the truth of his actions, is immediately cast by Fortinbras into the role of an unwilling public relations person. Meanwhile, Fortinbras is forced to balance a disastrous and mistaken invasion of Poland with a seductive and harrowing array of ghosts, ranging from a vampish Ophelia to a repentant Claudius and Gertrude, all of whom cast doubts in his mind as to what really makes up the character of a ruler.

Cameron Shirey as Fortinbras
Mark Maher as Horatio
Noel Tsuchyia as Osric
Johnny Berriochoa as Hamlet
Chase McKenna as Ophelia
Stacey Spain as Gertrude
Chadaeos Clarno as Claudius
Don Phillips as Polonius
Ryan Costello as Laertes
David Tolles as The Captain
Amy Gianos as Maiden #1
Megan Fitzpatrick as Maiden #2
Aaron Singleton as Marcellus
Luke Stiller as Barnardo

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Fortinbras is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

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