Fri, April 03

<i>My Brooklyn Hamlet</i>

>Photo by Gene Egan

BRENDA Adelman portrays her father in her one-woman show My Brooklyn Hamlet.

Performing it repeatedly has provided numerous therapeutic benefits.

"When I'm doing the show, I'm one step closer to healing my past. I'm finding out things about myself I didn't know and things I blocked out. By bringing these issues to the surface I can heal," she explains.

Sharing her journey with theatergoers has benefited them as well. People can relate to its humor and universal quality, she says. Others frequently approach her afterward and open up for the first time about a suicide or murder in their families. One lady thanked her for not vilifying any characters. Her story also has inspired other actors to develop their own one-person plays.

It's the play's humor and tenderness that grabbed the attention of Mary G. Guaraldi, producing artistic director of Canyon Moon Theatre.

"I think this is a wonderful, compelling story that will interest a lot of people," Guaraldi says. "It offers a gamut of emotions we all have in us as human beings."

This play differs from others presented at CMTC in that it's a contemporary true story and the words in the script were words that were said, she adds.

My Brooklyn Hamlet is approximately an hour and 20 minutes with no intermission. The material is appropriate for teens and older. As part of the theater's Splinter Series, the play is sure to evoke a variety of thoughts and reactions that can lead to meaningful discussions.

"It's an amazing story about the human spirit," Guaraldi offers. "It speaks about interplay between art and life. It talks about how families break down, and how we make our own families. It's fascinating for all of us to watch how other people's lives unfold."

Brenda, who moved to Sedona from Los Angeles in May 2004, began tap dancing and singing at Carnegie Recital Hall as a child. She 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 possesses a master's degree in spiritual psychology.

My Brooklyn Hamlet was performed to great acclaim at the Los Angeles Women’s Theater Festival in March 2004. Brenda recently completed a two-night run with The Vagina Monologues at The Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff to a sold-out crowd.

Canyon Moon’s hit show The Lion in Winter sold out during its final week so buy your tickets now to My Brooklyn Hamlet. General admission tickets are $17; full-time students are $10. Tickets for Wednesday, March 23, and all Thursday performances are $13. For more information or to reserve tickets, call CMTC at (928) 282-6212 or visit Tickets are also available at Rycus Corners in the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona Books & Music in the Bashas' Shopping Center.

Canyon Moon Theatre, 1370 W. Arizona 89A, near New Frontiers in West Sedona. Subscribe to the Canyon Moon e-mail list so that you never miss a production, a poetry slam or a special event. To have your name added to the list, call Canyon Moon at (928) 282-6212.

CMTC is a professional non-profit theatre that serves the northern Arizona community and its guests.

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