rhynsburger theatre

Today Paul Pepper visits with first-time guest, CLYDE RUFFIN, MU Department of Theatre, about "The Whipping Man," which tells the story of a wounded Confederate soldier and two Jewish slaves during the Civil War. The production opens this Thursday at the Rhynsburger Theatre in Columbia. At [5:00] DEE ROSE, Sterling Chapter American Business Women's Association, invites everyone to a chili supper and craft sale fundraiser next Saturday in Jefferson City! Watch for details. February 18, 2015

Jon Arnold Drtina / Photo courtesy of MU Department of Theatre

William Shakespeare's famous tragedy "Hamlet" is one of the Bard's most-performed plays and features one of the best-known characters in all of literature. Hamlet's famous question, "To be, or not to be," has been posed in a variety of cultural eras, settings and time zones—from Disney to spaghetti westerns.

Now, MU's theater department is placing Shakespeare's classic drama in a dark, dystopian future. KBIA's Wendy Mader talked with Kevin Brown, an assistant professor of theater at MU, about the vision behind the show.