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Published on March 7th, 2015 | by Greg


A Wilder Hamlet: Annie’s Shakespeare Shakedown

Starting tonight and running for six weekends, we’re excited to check out one of the best parts about living in New York City- cutting-edge interactive theater. Broadway musicals are wonderful, and there are plenty of independent shows well worth seeing. But some of our favorite pieces are those that are utterly unpredictable, that involve a bit more spectacle and are much more engaging. When we last checked out Annie’s Shakespeare Shakedown, almost two years ago, they were performing an intriguing take on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Now they’ve returned, and are bringing the fun to Manhattan with Hamlet, now showing Friday nights at 6:30PM at Solas, in the East Village at 232 East 9th Street. But this isn’t the traditional old play that you know- “it’s two months after the death of King Hamlet, and the country is ready for a new King. You are cordially invited to the Celebration of the Grand Coronation of the New King Claudius… But something is rotten in the state of Denmark and hidden in the winds of change are whispers of treachery, deceit, and bloody murder. Join us for a night of revelry, and help the young Princess Hamlet unravel the mystery of her father’s death. Immerse yourself as actors spin wildly through the party, blending Shakespeare’s poetry with improvisational interactions — soliciting advice, inciting mischief and even inviting you to play along. Pay tribute to King Claudius. Have a drink with Horatio. Listen to Ophelia’s songs. Get advice from Polonius. Steal a dance with the Gravedigger. Come to castle Elsinore and become a part of the show!”

They’ve even created a new type of loyalty program, and the third time is a charm. If you visit the show twice and then come back again, you get the VIP treatment. Come three times as a VIP and you don’t just get sort of special thanks- you get to have a permanent character in the Hamlet universe.

Costumes are welcome but not required, and tickets cost $40- unless you want to skip straight to a VIP experience, in which case you can pick up one of the limited $90 tickets.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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