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12 Ophelias: A Modern Take on Shakespeare, to be Performed at Middlesex County College

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Center is Ophelia, played by Casey Chartier-Vignapiano. She is surrounded by, clockwise from bottom: Catherine Mancheno, Tanais Perez, Valentina Mejia, Shannon Ogden, Michelle Mitchell and Luci Samp Credits: Middlesex County College
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Rude Boy, Stephen Mallamachi (left) has a conflict with H, played by Michael Rosario, while Gertrude, played by Lory Jackson, and Mina, played by Jahari Shears, look on in horror. Credits: Middlesex County College
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EDISON, NJ - 12 Ophelias, a contemporary look at Shakespeare’s Ophelia, will be performed at Middlesex County College November 20-22 at 8 p.m. and November 23 at 2 p.m. It is written by Caridad Svich.

“MCC’s Production is a modern-day blend of the mythic, tragic and immediate with its elaborate set design filled with a playground-like landscape of rocks to be climbed along with folk-songs and characters entwined in love while swinging from the ceiling,” said director Anna Sycamore DeMers, a new faculty member at the College. “This production aims to shake the foundation of Ophelia as a tragic character and resurrect her as a woman with strength, love and forgiveness in her heart. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience theatre designed to engage the audience and immerse them into this wonderful world.”

Tickets are $10 for the general public and students are free.  It will be held in the Performing Arts Center on the Edison campus. The cast includes:

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Ophelia: Casey Chartier-Vignapiano (South River); Gertrude: Lory Jackson (South Plainfield); Mina: Jahari Shears (Perth Amboy); R & G: Luci Samp (R) (New Brunswick), Shannon Ogden (G) (Piscataway); Rude Boy: Stephen Mallamachi (Woodbridge); H: Michael Rosario (Hopelawn); and the chorus: Tanais Perez (Franklin); Michelle Mitchell (Colonia); Catherine Mancheno (Metuchen); and Valentina Mejia (South Brunswick).

For more information call 732-906-2589.

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