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  • Title: Hamletango, Prince of Butches
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 00:49:22
  • Language: English
  • Date: Mar 2002
  • Location: WOW Café Theater, New York City.
  • Type-Format: play, performance
  • Cast: Susana Cook, Anita Maldonado, D'Lo, Lisa Haas, Nora, Storme Webber, Carole Thompson, Fu-chia, Mistah, Moira Cutler, Migdalia Jimenez, Ira Jeffries, Juana Pepa.
  • Credits: Susana Cook, producer, director, writer ; Julian Mesri, videographer.

Hamletango, Prince of Butches (2002)

Susana Cook's "Hamletango, Prince of Butches" is an adaptation of "Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" for an all-women's cast. In this play, all the original elements of Shakespeare's play appear rearranged, transformed. Here, the prince is a woman and the ghost is her mother. If in the original drama the ghost of the father comes back asking his son for revenge, causing a tragedy where everybody dies, in this version the ghost of the mother does not come back asking for revenge. Ophelia appears here as a good swimmer, but the audience still witnesses her funeral --and so does she, next to the other characters, bringing together the living and the dead, ghosts and ashes. The tragedy, then, becomes a comedy. At the end of the drama --as in the original "Hamlet"-- a group of clowns comes to tell "what really happened." Represented as peasants who just witnessed the death of the whole royal family in the hands of each other, the clowns find themselves in a palace full of clothes, food, and wine, without a King, a Queen, or a Prince. So they dress with their clothes, drink their wine, and celebrate.