In Crawford's Hamlet, the music isn't the only surprise. Costuming will also be all the rave; Eurotique, a boutique specializing in imported little treasures, donated the cast's seductive and stylish wardrobe. Imagine Ophelia going crazy in a velvet minidress with a low Guinevere neckline. And Hamlet in leather pants. As Crawford points out, the contemporary costuming is actually true to Shakespeare's form: "When Shakespeare [-era troupes] performed Julius Caesar, they didn't wear togas. They wore clothes of their own time period."
Hamlet is an exciting revenge tragedy that addresses the corrupting influence of power and the nature of betrayal, and this rendition remains true to the text. But the contemporary look helps put the play's themes into tighter focus, according to Crawford.
The setting, too, will be contemporary metropolitan, and the casting features some interesting gender bending. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, for example, are cast as women -- old lovers from college. And Ophelia's role might play out just a bit more sexually. We'll just wait to see what happens in the bed-tousling scene with Mom.
The music and costume innovations add dimension, but don't worry, this is still the Hamlet we love to watch hate himself. And what could be more fitting in a town called Jupiter -- named after the Roman god who was both the brother and husband of the goddess Juno -- than a Hamlet who thrashes and wrestles with his oedipal obsessions to cathartic dance music?