Item #7030 The Reptilian Theatrical Co. presents Rodney Werewolf in Hamlet and the 1001 Psychological Jingoleanisms of Prehistoric Landlordism of Rima-Puu [Broadside]. Jack Smith.
Jack Smith

The Reptilian Theatrical Co. presents Rodney Werewolf in Hamlet and the 1001 Psychological Jingoleanisms of Prehistoric Landlordism of Rima-Puu [Broadside]

New York: Soho Theatre, ca. 1971. Offset. 14 x 11 in., framed to 20 1⁄2 x 17 1⁄2 in. Very good with creasing to edges and light soiling to bottom left edge. Item #7030

Beginning in 1971, Jack Smith became preoccupied with various projects adapting the Western theatrical canon’s most famous work. Stefan Brecht reports that Smith considered Hamlet a poorly written but salvageable work; he recast the Danish royals as a family of landlords and set the play underwater in the Midwest. Smith never finished his first effort towards this project, a filmic adaptation, although it was assembled posthumously by Jerry Tartaglia and released in 2014 as Hamlet in the Rented World (A Fragment). Smith then worked on a theatrical adaptation, Hamlet and the 1001 Psychological Jingoleanisms of Prehistoric Landlordism of Rima-Puu, starring Rodney Werewolf, one of Smith’s pseudonyms. From a press release: “’Actors have to pretend they are not directing themselves,’ said Rodney Werewolf over a freshly killed mouse at the Russian Tea Room.” It is likely the run advertised on this flyer was the only time it was performed.

An artifact of Smith’s preoccupation with, as he wrote in the play’s press release, “the world’s most abused play.”.

Price: $950.00