Hamlet in Bed is Michael Laurence’s modern interpretation of Shakespeare's Hamlet that follows Michael, a long time aspiring stage actor, through his attempts to form a relationship with his estranged mother. In doing so he creates this production of Hamlet wherein he can live out his dream of playing Hamlet, as well as get to know his mother under other pretenses. And as evident by the title of the show, the entire piece takes place around a bed. There are bits and pieces of Shakespeare spread throughout the play, balanced out by the drama of this mother and son relationship that parallels the relationship of Gertrude and Hamlet. Both actors give incredible performances, and make the piece quite suspenseful and engaging.
This was one of the two plays written by and starring Michael Laurence that I was acting as marketing assistant on throughout the Fringe and it was an incredible opportunity to be able to work with these actors as well as the rest of their team. From being a part of production meetings to helping promote both shows across the city, I loved being a part of this team for the short while that I was. It was a completely foreign experience for me as I have never been involved in theater, but it was something that I still learned so much from that I’ll be able to apply to other aspects of my career in the future. The Fringe as a whole offers so many opportunities that you wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere and I am so thankful for that.