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 SFU Contemporary Arts undergrad, Jass Takhar, wrote the 38- page script for her one-act play I Feel Ya, Ophelia! in one evening. It runs for two evenings—Aug.13–14—at the Surrey Arts Centre.

I Feel Ya, Ophelia! reinvents Hamlet

August 5, 2010

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I Feel Ya, Ophelia!, a one-act play opening at the Surrey Arts Centre Aug. 13-14, is the work of SFU undergrad Jass Takhar, who wrote this new take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet from the point of view of Hamlet’s potential wife.

Described by the Surrey Arts Centre as “the perfect mix of delicious insanity and the Bard’s classic tale of revenge,” the tragi-comedy won the SFU English department’s Betty Lambert Memorial Prize.

Takhar, who is just one course away from completing a double major in English and theatre, found her inspiration for the play after writing a research paper on madness for English 313, a course that examines Shakespeare.

“I wondered what it would be like if all these people who murdered each other in Hamlet were then stuck with each other in an altered dimension and had to face what happened on a regular basis, with no escape,” she says.

So instead of writing another research paper, she spent a week drafting her ideas, and then wrote the 38-page script in one evening. It transforms Ophelia from victim to oracle and depicts her struggle to foretell the events of Hamlet to prevent them from occurring. She earned an A for the course.

“Since then I’ve been doing minor edits and workshops to format it for the stage.” Takhar and a friend, Glenn Crossley, are mounting the production themselves.

Among the cast and crew are two stage managers and two actors who are taking SFU Contemporary Arts’ theatre program.

Tickets: $18; $15 students/seniors. For more information: http://at.sfu.ca/IvRScK

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