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Tragedy of Hamlet in Athens
The Town & Gown Players will perform “Hamlet” to kick off its new season.

Considered by many as one of the most powerful tragedies in the English language, “Hamlet” is widely regarded as Shakespeare’s best play as the title character asks “To be or not to be?”

Showcasing the story will be the Town & Gown Players from Aug. 16-18 and Aug. 22-25 at the Athens Community Theater behind the Taylor-Grady House on Grady Avenue in Athens.

The curtain rises at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 and $15. A $8 student-only special is for Thursday performances.

“Hamlet” is the story of how a troubled son deals with the murder of his father at the hands of his uncle, and all of the psychological machinations that result. Written around 1600, “Hamlet” explores the uneasy relationship between acting and thinking, a dichotomy rooted in the evolution of the Renaissance man.

Director Mike Smith stays true to the original concept and contemplation of such a tricky psychological question. He is aided by a cast of talented actors who have dived headlong into the murky, yet brilliant, text.

Visit or call 706-208-8696 to purchase tickets or for more information.

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