Waterwell Presents:


Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tom Ridgely

Wednesday, May 10, 2017–Saturday, June 3, 2017

Black Box Theater

"Magnetic...remarkable...there's no denying [this production's] relevance."
New York Times

"A new look at one of the greatest plays ever written."

 "Sure to re-whet your appetite for the Bard."
Curtain Up


Tony nominee Arian Moayed (The HumansBengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) offers a revelatory new reading of the "melancholy Dane". Set in Persia a hundred years ago, on the eve of World War I, Waterwell’s Hamlet weaves passages of Farsi translation into the English of Shakespeare’s masterpiece of crisis and identity. In it, a traditional way of life is being threatened by an evolving world, the land is being threatened by encroaching foreign interests, and a young man finds himself uprooted and torn between opposing customs, values and codes. Featuring a vibrant score that seamlessly blends traditional Persian and modern western elements, this is a bold re-imagining of the most renowned play in any language.

Drama Desk nominee and Waterwell co-founder Tom Ridgely directs.


Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tom Ridgely
Original Music by Mohsen Namjoo

Featuring Barzin Akhavan (Ghost, Player King, Priest), Amir Arison (Laertes), Maryam Ataei (Player Queen, Lady), Brendan Averett (Captain, Sailor, Ambassador), Cary Donaldson (Fortinbras), Andrew Guilarte (Claudius), Abraham Makany (Marcellus, Guildenstern), Arian Moayed (Hamlet), Arash Mokhtar (Barnardo, Rosencrantz), Ajay Naidu (Polonius, Gravdigger), Sherie Rene Scott (Gertrude), Sathya Sridharan (Osric, Voltemand, Player), Micah Stock (Horatio) and Sheila Vand (Ophelia). With live music by Yahya Alkansa and Mohsen Namjoo.

Scenic Design by Jason Simms
Costume Design by Nina Vartanian
Lighting Design by Reza Behjat
Sound Design by Sinan Zafar
Artwork by Ligature Creative Group

Waterwell’s Hamlet made possible by support from the Rockefeller Brothers FundHoward Gilman FoundationRichenthal Foundation as well as the New York State Council on the ArtsNew York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Armin Tehrany, and dozens of private individuals.


(Arian Moayed & Tom Ridgely, Artistic Directors) is a unique ensemble of theater artists dedicated to the creation of new work and the bold re-interpretation of classics. The company’s special blend of music, theater and social dialog has been nominated for three IT awards, a Drama Desk, a New York Magazine Culture Award and a Village Voice Best of NYC. The Voice calls them, “dynamic, resourceful and relentlessly entertaining.” And TheaterScene says, “There's no way a written description can do justice to their blazing energy and inventiveness.” The New York Times hails the work as, “brilliant, original and inspired. Alive enough to surprise even the performers themselves,” and Theatermania writes, “Waterwell has staked a claim on our collective conscience.”

Ticketing Chart

**Please Note: There is no late seating. Latecomers will only be seated at intermission.**

Premium - Prime reserved seating in first row of chairs

Regular - General Admission chair seating

Floor Seating - Front row floor seating on Persian cushions

Tickets: $55