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Cathy Summa-Wolfe
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415-485-9528

COM’s Drama Department Presents William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, March 4 – March 21

Directed by James Dunn

WHEN:
March 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees on March 13, 14, and 21 at 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:
College of Marin Fine Arts Theatre
(Corner of Sir Francis Drake Blvd & Laurel Ave.)

TICKETS:
$15 General/$10 students, seniors and COM employees & alumni/
Note: Thursday, March 4 is pay-what you will night

Information: (415) 485-9555
Box Office: (415) 485-9385

Free parking on weekend evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Hamlet - David Abrams

Traditionally, the role of Hamlet, “The Melancholy Dane,” has been attempted only by the most accomplished (and renowned) actors.  In recent film depictions, Olivier was 40, Mel Gibson was 34 and Kenneth Brannagh was 36.  On Broadway last Oct., Jude Law was 38.  So the question is, can a 22-year-old play this most complex and demanding of roles?  He can if he’s College of Marin Drama student David Abrams!  Abrams, a highly intelligent and versatile young actor, has been performing since the seventh grade.  Born in the East Bay, he moved to Marin in 1991 after his family's home was destroyed in the Oakland Hills firestorm.  Backed by an exceptionally talented cast, this Bay Area native brings a performance of Hamlet not to be missed!

More About David Abrams

After trying to be a wildlife biologist for six months at Humboldt State University, the acting bug finally drew David Abrams to the theatre department at Humboldt State and ultimately to College of Marin’s Drama Department. Mr. Abrams is playing Hamlet, in the latest production of this renowned play to be mounted at COM.

Other tidbits about Mr. Abrams:

  • Bay Area Native: Born in the East Bay,  Mr. Abrams’ family  moved to Marin County when their house burned down in the 1991 Oakland firestorm
  • First Shakespeare Play: “The Taming of  the Shrew.” At the ripe old age of 12, Mr. Abrams played Gremio, an elderly suitor of Bianca. It was a chance to work with the Marin Shakespeare’s Teen Touring Company 
  • Terra Linda High: Mr. Abrams was heavily involved in the high school’s Drama department.
  • Irene Ryan Nomination at Humboldt State: After Mr. Abrams realized that wildlife biology was not the best match for his talent and passion, he enrolled in theatre and was nominated for an Irene Ryan award for a performance in an original play at Humboldt.  This award is offered to talented theatre arts students.

At College of Marin, Mr. Abrams has directed and co-produced an original one-act production entitled “Unataneh Tokef,” as well as acting and co-producing another original play entitled “Hay.” Both were well received at COM. Mr. Abrams is currently the Drama club’s president.

Since joining the College of Marin Drama Department, Mr. Abrams has appeared in the following roles in major Department productions:

  • Nikos, the young lover in BIG LOVE, Directed by Molly Noble
  • Valere, the young suitor to Marianne in TARTUFFE, directed by W. Allen Taylor

Other talents include playing clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, recorder, and guitar.  He has studied fencing for three years.

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