My younger daughter is Gertrude, Hamlet's mother, the Queen of Denmark. She is one among the cast of CAPILLARY WAVES, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet written by Charley McAfee. Tonight was the 2nd performance nights and I was AMAZED. I literallyy cried after my daughter said her last and grandest monolog . Wow!! This is the girl who had troubles learning to read. This is the girl that I taught and helped doing homeworks every night during her elementary years. This is my girl!! ____
Here's the excerpt of my daughter's conversation as Gertrude in the scene with Claudius. The performance was held throughout the school as an immersive or interactive theater. This particular scene was at the library.
____ "My father insisted I had fortune's favor, for what more could any lady hope than to be made a Queen? But the wedding bed brought me the knowledge that fortune was no friend. The cruelty and pain that I learned there only left me wishing for the instruction of what comes after this world. I was only saved by the King's taste, more fickle than fortunes it would seem. I was a child with a child growing within, and the King moved on to other conquests. I was left to raise a boy; hoping one day to be the mother to a better king. Whether he feared a son gentled by mother's love, or cruelty drove him forth, I do not know".
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