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My Brooklyn Hamlet

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BRENDA Adelman wrote and performs in the one-woman show My Brooklyn Hamlet, a True Tale of Surrenda, June 18.

In an odd twist of Shakespearean proportions, her father then married her mother's sister. This is the basis of Brenda Adelman's one-woman play, My Brooklyn Hamlet, a True Tale of Surrenda, which will be performed at Future Studios on June 18.

In classic Shakespearean style, the death of Adelman's mother split her world apart. Students of Shakespeare's Hamlet will recall how Hamlet's mother Gertrude marries his uncle Claudius, who turns out to have killed his father, the King of Denmark.

The comparison to Shakespeare's theme goes further in that Hamlet leaves us with the message that life is indeed worth living, even by imperfect people in an imperfect world. So, too, does Brenda "the Red Hot Contenda" emerge victorious from her real-life ordeal.

From her eccentric childhood with a wild bohemian artist mother and a Jewish Guido dad, to her oblivious adolescence, to the shooting death of her mother, Adelman's determination to heal inspired her to write this play, miraculously transforming her real-life tragedy into a unique life-affirming comedy. My Brooklyn Hamlet was presented at the 11th annual Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival in March 2004.

Adelman, who recently moved to Sedona from Los Angeles, began tap-dancing and singing at Carnegie Recital Hall as a child. She studied acting at and graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and toured Austria after college with a political play called, Unterweisung Zum Terror, about the CIA's interventions in foreign lands.

She was a member of The Village Theater Company while living in New York and The Tomcats Theater Company in Los Angeles. She received a Master's Degree in Spiritual Psychology from The University of Santa Monica. One of her dreams is to combine her art with helping children.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $10 Advance, $13 Day of show, $3 discounts on adult ticket prices for college students with ID.

Future Studios is located at 30 Hozoni Drive, in West Sedona, behind the Sedona Boys and Girls Club. For more information or tickets (928) 282-9139.

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