The Maryland Shakespeare Players have been a performance group at this university since 2007. The organization meets every Wednesday to discuss William Shakespeare, and engage in shenanigans and merriment.
Every semester, the players perform a piece by Shakespeare or an influenced playwright. The show is completely student run, and the director is voted upon as part of the board. The director then chooses his cast and crew, rehearsals commence throughout the semester.
The group is currently rehearsing Shakespeare’s Hamlet and at the end of the semester, the players will perform in Stamp’s Grand Ballroom Lounge and Atrium. All shows are free to the public.
May 1 to 3 (Times TBA)
Sophomore economic major Sam Brinker lunges toward his foe on Improv Night. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Photographer)
The Maryland Shakespeare Players has an executive board of five (six roles), a cast and crew of 15 (some overlap), and a club membership totaled around 25. (From left to right) Ben Kleymeyer, Dani Gisselbeck, Sam Brinker, Vera Belaia, Griffin Riddler, Libby Brennan, Patrick Cochran and Gianmarco Ancosta. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Photographer)
Hamlet orates a play to an unmoved Ophelia. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Photographer)
Ophelia offers tidings of love to Hamlet, who promptly rejects them. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Photographer)
Hamlet contemplates the lack of intelligence of the people around him. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Photographer)
Brother and sister Laertes (sophomore government and politics major Patrick Cochran) and Ophelia interact on stage during a rehearsal for MDSP’s Spring show Hamlet. (Jack Angelo/Bloc Photographer)