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The Rest Is Silence?? A Play About Being And Not Being

October 18 – October 20


Friday, 10/18 – Sunday, 10/20


All Ages

Presented by the Galena Shakespeare Festival

Live theater returns to the Opera House! The Galena Shakespeare Festival presents this original play based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet — The Rest Is Silence?? A Play About Being And Not Being. The play will be performed on Friday, October 18 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, October 19 at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, October 20 at 2 PM. Tickets will go on sale for Friends of the MPOH starting July 1 and tickets will go on sale for the general public on July 15. Advance tickets range from $20-$25 and are $12 for students (excluding VIP orchestra and box seats). Ticket prices will increase by $5 on the day of the show.

Tickets for Friday at 7:30 PM

Tickets for Saturday at 7:30 PM

Tickets for Sunday at 2:00 PM

Ophelia is having a VERY bad day. Her dad is controlling, her boyfriend is crazy, and now she’s DEAD. And apparently there’s an afterlife. Things seem like they just can’t get any worse…

 But when Ophelia finds out they double-booked her grave – and with a JESTER – she realizes there really IS something rotten in the state of Denmark. And it’s her new co-star.

What dreams may come while they wait for someone – ANYONE – to explain what Death is all about? Who knows! There wasn’t a handbook in the coffin.

But even in the face of Infinite Silence, this odd couple of comic corpses discover the power and hope of Infinite Jest.

 So join us for a stiff drink with two of Shakespeare’s most famous stiffs. You’ll laugh yourself to death.  


The play will be performed by:

Blair Kott

Blair is a Platteville, WI native and graduated from UW-Platteville in 2020 with a BA in Theater. She is a core company member of the Galena Shakespeare Festival, and has been involved in many of their productions both onstage and behind the scenes, including playing Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Viola in Twelfth Night, and Lady Anne in Richard III. She also works in the costume department at UW-Platteville, and enjoys collaborating with Mineral Point High School as the costume designer for their musicals. Her other regional performance and costumes work include performances with Fearless Comedy Productions in Minneapolis, MN and Hope Repertory Theater in Holland, MI.

Scott McKinsey

Scott is a Galena, IL native who studied theatre and performance theory at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, NY and has produced, directed, and acted extensively in cities across the country. He is co-founder of Galena Shakespeare Festival and has performed in every production to date, including the title role in Richard III, both clown roles – Trinculo and Stephano – in The Tempest, the title role in Macbeth, and Feste the Fool in 12th Night. Scott’s mission for Galena Shakespeare Festival is to revive the unabashedly raucous, visceral, interactive, populist Elizabethan theatre experience for a modern audience.