OPHELIA UNDERWATER: a new play by Janielle Kastner

by Janielle Kastner Directed by: Carson McCain Gray Projection and Sound Design by: Preston Gray Starring: Zoe Kerr #producedbyatribe

by Janielle Kastner
Directed by: Carson McCain Gray
Projection and Sound Design by: Preston Gray
Starring: Zoe Kerr
#producedbyatribe

 
 

OPHELIA UNDERWATER by Janielle Kastner

World-Premiere
May 13 - 23rd 2016
Margo Jones Theatre 

Ophelia had everything: the boyfriend, the future, the dress. Her life was a comedy. Until it really, really wasn’t. Set underwater in the mind of Hamlet’s forgotten, drowned heroine, Ophelia cross-examines her story, her existence, and most importantly - her ending. Janielle Kastner’s aggressively contemporary play explores the good news, the bad news, and the ultimate cost of being a very good girl. 

 
 

THOUGHTS ON OPHELIA UNDERWATER:

TheaterJones / Work in Progress: Ophelia Underwater by Shelby-Allison Hibbs

Kastner’s play explores a fairly unexamined topic: the inner life of a teenage girl. Kastner notes, “I think teenage girls are one of the most ridiculed and parodied demographics. If you want to communicate that something is worthless of your time and energy you associate it with something a teenage girl would be into. I think they are the most underutilized demographic in the United States.”
— Theatre Jones, Work in Progress: Work in Progress: Ophelia Underwater by Shelby-Allison Hibbs
This is not a retelling of Ophelia’s story in Shakespeare’s Hamlet for after all, that Ophelia was constructed through the eyes of a male. Through Kastner’s play we are asked to ponder what is asked of the female as she tries to live separate and apart from the role defined for her by a society largely though not entirely shaped through the male perspective.
— Janice L. Franklin

In Lieu of a Talkback: a Car Conversation with the Team Behind Ophelia Underwater.
Join playwright Janielle Kastner, director Carson McCain and journalist Lauren Smart as they discuss good girls, the female gaze, and evade the cops.