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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Corn Stock Winter Playhouse
January 15-16 & 21-24

Corn Stock Theatre’s Winter Playhouse presents “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15, 16, 21-23, and at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Corn Stock Theatre Center, 1700 N. Park Road, Peoria.

Written by Tom Stoppard, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” takes its title from the last scene in Hamlet when a messenger arrives to report that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two friends of the Prince of Denmark, are dead. The play delves into the tragicomic lives of minor characters everywhere, on-stage and off. The brilliant script is full of double-entendres and mixed reactions. The fourth wall is constantly broken and every member of audience should be cognizant of the fact that they are watching a play – sometimes “a play within a play.”

The play was nominated for eight Tony Awards, and won four: Best Play, Scenic and Costume Design, and Producer. The play also won Best Play from the New York Drama Critics Circle in 1968, and Outstanding Production from the Outer Critics Circle in 1969.

This is the first time Corn Stock has produced this show. Director Andrew Rhodenbaugh has assembled a cast of well-known Peoria actors plus several newcomers to the community theater scene. The company includes Tony Pagan as Guildenstern, Brett Harlow as Rosencrantz, Liz Scoville as the Player, Tannen Skriver as Hamlet, Charles Richard Brown as Claudius, Becky Clifton as Gertrude, Nathan Irwin as Polonius, Blake Stubbs as Horatio, Paul Arbisi as the Ambassador, Hannah Shelby as Ophelia, and Ben Maxwell, Madison Boedecker, and Jerrod Barth as The Troupe of Actors.

Andrew is very proud of all the cast; but singled out Tony Pagan (Guildenstern) and Brett Harlow (Rosencrantz), who carry the most of the action of the production, and definitely, most of the lines. Andrew Rhodenbaugh studied theatre at Bradley, and then took a 5-year break before appearing in the 2011 production of Angels in America at the Corn Stock Theatre Center. He’s been a very welcome fixture at the theatre ever since, appearing in Red, Other Desert Cities, The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Humanity Stew, just to name a few. He, and a group of friends from Angels in America, have formed a theatre troupe – “The Great Work Begins” – specializing mostly in Shakespeare. He remarked – “I love this (the Corn Stock Theatre Center) space. It’s incredibly intimate and it brought me back to the theatre.”

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students 18 and younger, or with a valid college ID; and can be ordered by calling 309-676-2196 or visiting the website at

Posted on January 10, 2016