At the HERE performance space in New York City, a rock ‘n’ roll adaptation of Hamlet, A King of Infinite Space, is currently underway, but that’s not all. The score for the production is a live performance of Pearl Jam music—not by the band itself, but still. The show was created by Mando Alvarado and is being directed by Jerry Ruiz. The HERE website describes the show as a version of Hamlet set in the Lower East Side in the ‘90s, condensed into an “adrenaline-fueled 80 minutes.”
The plot: “Hamlet returns from college to find his uncle Claude married to his mother and plotting to turn the Elsinore, a historic Lower East Side building, into high priced modern condos in what will soon be known as the East Village. During a wild drug trip with his friend Horacio, he sees the ghost of his father, and vows revenge for his murder at the hands of Claude.”
An interesting take on the Shakespeare classic, for sure. It’s only $15 dollars, and the show will be playing until July 21. This one might not be a hit for those who appreciate the authenticity of the traditional story, but some Pearl Jam fans might just have a reason to go to the theater.