Lia, an original play based loosely on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, tells Ophelia’s untold story, drawing on and ultimately subverting many elements of the original play. Ghosts become a way of thinking about trauma and memory as something visceral and real. Hamlet’s constant blurring of performance and reality becomes a way to reflect both on the behavior patterns of abusive men and on the constant self-doubt and fragmentation of memory that survivors often experience as they attempt to reconstruct themselves and their past after a traumatic event. Ultimately, Lia is a play about hope and storytelling as a powerful form of healing. Written by senior Meigan Clark ’22 and directed by senior Ines Aitsahalia ’22 as part of the Program in Theater’s New Works Festival, produced by Shariffa Ali.

Content warnings: Depictions of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, death, and self-harm.

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