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JOYFUL NOISE, a series of musical events offered for the greater Stamford community, features three programs with notable artists this season. St. John’s is proud to have what we believe is the longest continuous-running church concert season in Stamford. Click here for this season's brochure.

Stamford Hosts World Premier of New Play from Czech Republic

Gertrude, an original one-woman show based on the character of Queen Gertrude in Shakespeare's Hamlet, will be premiered in Stamford on April 6th as the final presentation in the "Voices Then & Now" series, the 2013-14 Season of Joyful Noise. The production, which features Stamford-based actress, Lenka Pichlíková, as the title character, is being staged to celebrate the 450th Anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, and will function as a benefit for Joyful Noise.

Written by the Czech playwright and radio dramatist, Anna Hodková, the play focuses on the Danish Queen Gertrude, who is both Hamlet's mother and the new wife of Hamlet's uncle, King Claudius – the man who has killed Hamlet's royal father and usurped the Danish throne. As Gertrude watches the fatal fencing match that leads to the tragic climax of Shakespeare's play, she shares with the audiences vignettes of her childhood, her life both with the late King Hamlet and the present King Claudius, and her wishes for her son.

Initially unaware that she too has been betrayed and inadvertently poisoned by Claudius, Gertrude slowly comes to a complete understanding of what is happening around her. Hodková's script brings philosophical, theological, and metaphysical questions to bear on Gertrude's situation, while it invents a "back story" of her previous life and how she willingly came to be involved with Claudius. Although innocent of her first husband's death, Hodková's Gertrude takes an active role in the political events surrounding Claudius's election to the Danish throne.

Pichlíková, who translated the original Czech text into English and adapted the piece for American audiences, staged the production in collaboration with co-director Gregorio Rosenblum, emeritus professor at SUNY Purchase, where she is also on the faculty of the Conservatory of Theatre Arts. Pichlíková is known to Connecticut audiences from her acting and teaching at Stamford Theatre Works, for her mime production of Medea for the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and for her performance pieces, including Seven Sins and a Virtue, which was also presented by Joyful Noise.

Gertude will be performed at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 884 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. A benefit contribution of $30 is suggested for attendance. A reception will follow the 2:00 performance.

Joyful Noise, a series of musical and performance events offered several times each year for the greater Stamford community, is believed to be the longest continuous-running church concert season in Stamford. It brings instrumental, vocal, and choral classical music, as well as theater and performance art, to lower Fairfield County audiences.

2013-2014 Season Schedule
November 3,
at 4:00 p.m.
Ensemble BREVE and Stephen Rapp, Organ
March 6,
at 7:30 p.m.
Valparaiso University Chorale
April 6,
at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Joyful Noise Benefit - Gertrude
Suggested contribution for each event is $15, $30 for the benefit concert. Be an Angel and contribute $50 or more to support future Joyful Noise programs and scholarships for students attending summer music camp. If you would like to make a one-time gift to Joyful Noise, please click here.
The Joyful Noise concert series is beginning its 31st season and is Stamford's longest continuously-running church concert series offering musical events to the greater Stamford community.

To receive a season brochure, please e-mail Stephen Rapp, Director of Music, at joyfulnoise26@gmail.com or call or the church music office at 203-322-0066.

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