Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare’s Hamlet | 2023

Shakespeare’s classic and timeless tragedy of Hamlet is executed here by the Shakespeare by the Sea traveling ensemble of intrepid actors who dedicate their performance season to just two of the Bard’s classics. And they nailed this one. Los Al TV’s John Underwood and crew were there to capture the well-executed production in a setting many of Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be presented- outdoors and before a live and responsive audience. Performed at Rush Park in Rossmoor, California on July 15, 2023, the picnic like setting and open stage formatting gives audiences and actors a unique opportunity to interact, as was also the custom of Shakespeare’s own time.

LATV Crew:

Video Producer – John Underwood
Camera and Technical Support – Jeffrey Whitten

Shakespeare by the Sea | Cast & Crew

Stephanie Coltrin – Director/Co-Artistic Director


Brendan Robert Kane – Hamlet
Patrick Vest – Claudius/Fight Choreographer
Melissa Booey – Ophelia
Cylan Brown – Ghost/Gravedigger/Player King
Gregory Mason Dodds – Polonius
Tara Donovan – Gertrude
Peter Green – Horatio/Composer of Ophelia’s songs
Trevor Guyton – Rosencrantz
Savannah Moffat – Guildenstern
Mateo Mpinduzzi-Mott – Laertes/Player Queen
Melissa Ortiz – Marcellus/Player/Sailor
Alec Yamartino – Bernardo/Osric/Player

Production Team

Suzanne Dean – Co-Artistic Director
Jeffrey Schoenberg – Costume Designer
Cinthia Nava – Sound Designer
Alexa Wolfe – Stage Manager
Kira Sherman – Lighting Designer
Patrick Vest – Fight Choreographer
Peter Green – Composer, original songs
Marine Walton – Scenic Artist
Noé Valenzula – Sound Engineer
Tara Donovan – Managing Director

Thumbnail Photo credit (of Brendan Kane on left): Miguel Elliot IG: @mickeyelliotphotography

About the author

John Underwood

John Underwood is a highly acclaimed community television producer and seasoned professional journalist. With a remarkable career spanning over 13 years, John honed his reporting skills at National Public Radio in Los Angeles. Locally, he made significant contributions as a reporter for OC Weekly and the Orange County Register.

When he's not diligently documenting the struggles of the homeless population throughout Orange County, John serves as the Production Coordinator for Los Alamitos Community Television. There, he passionately produces "Backstory," an investigative talk show that fearlessly addresses the most contentious issues of the day. His current documentary series, "No Fixed Abode," is a powerful exploration that amplifies the voices of Orange County's homeless community. John's dedication to storytelling and advocacy has earned him recognition as an award-winning professional in the field.

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