Auburn’s Brighid Campbell to perform in Worcester State University’s production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”

by | Apr 20, 2022

Worcester State University’s Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Department will feature Auburn native and Worcester State student Brighid Campbell ‘22 in its upcoming production of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” an existential tragicomedy and sideways take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Campbell, a Theatre Major, will play the role of The Player in the production that is slated to open at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 in Fuller Theater, located on the second floor of the Administration Building on Worcester State’s campus at 486 Chandler Street. VPA will continue presenting shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. The production concludes with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 1.

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. of Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare’s play. In Tom Stoppard’s best known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role.

“Whenever we tackle a new project, theatre artists always ask ourselves ‘Why this play, and why now?’” said production director and Worcester State Professor of Theatre Kim H. Carrell. “As we work on ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern,’ I’m realizing just how potent those questions are in this instance. They constantly search for answers and look for connection in order to make sense of the chaos around them – and that is essentially what ALL of us have been doing during the pandemic. When the answers we find don’t make sense to us, connection is what gets us through. But in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s case, the answers were already written. It’s just that no one gave them that part of the script and that makes connecting really difficult, and sometimes hilariously so.”

Tickets are $7 for students, $10 for seniors, and $15 for general admission. To purchase tickets online, visit To purchase tickets in person, visit the Worcester State Student Center Information Desk or contact the VPA Box Office at 508-929-8843. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The production comes on the heels of Worcester State’s offering of a new Bachelor of Arts in Theatre this school year. The degree program immerses students in a 39-credit program of study that includes an extensive variety of theatre courses, performances, and other hands-on, lab-like experiences with productions such as “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.”