So, you’re a Cincinnati theater company preparing to bring one of the greatest plays ever to your stage. Who do you turn to? A pair of Central Kentuckians, of course.
Phillips, the artistic director of Cincy Shakes and director of Hamlet, grew up in Lexington and Nicholasville. Johnson, the company’s associate artistic director who is playing Hamlet, hails from Georgetown. Both are graduates of Morehead State University.
The production opens Oct. 17 and runs through Nov. 16. For this production, Phillips is drawing on the film noir tradition to build Hamlet’s world of paranoia.