Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

Monastery,Seminary Event

National Players to present two plays

Friday, March 3- Saturday, March 4
Time: 7 p.m. Central Time
Location: St. Bede Theater

Hamlet -2017-for -webSaint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, will once again host the National Players, America's longest-running classical touring company, as it presents plays on March 3 and 4.

On Friday, March 3, the actors will perform Shakespeare's "Hamlet," while the performance on Saturday, March 4, will be "The Giver" by Lois Lowry, adapted for stage for Eric Coble.

All performances are free and open to the public. They will be held at 7 p.m. Central time in St. Bede Theater on the Saint Meinrad campus.

A pasta buffet will be offered each night before the show. The buffet will be served in the Anselm Hall Dining Room from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. The cost of the meal is $10. Dessert is $1.50 extra. Meal reservations must be made by March 1 by calling (812) 357-6578 or emailing

Currently a program of Olney Theatre Center in Maryland, National Players has earned a unique name and place in American theater history. Over the last 68 years, the acting company has performed in the East Wing of the White House; in Europe, Asia and the Middle East for American military; and throughout 40 states.

In "Hamlet," the prince of Denmark returns home from school to find his family life in ruins - his father dead, his mother remarried and his uncle (now stepfather) ruling the country. When his father's ghost appears with dire announcements, Hamlet struggles to redefine his life and find his way forward.

Jason King Jones, artistic director of National Players, directs his ninth production for the company with "Hamlet." It also marks the first time in 32 years that National Players has produced Shakespeare's most prolific play. 

"The Giver" explores a "utopian" future of sameness, where young Jonas inherits an unusual career: to receive and keep the memories of his community's past. Throughout lessons with his elder predecessor, The Giver teaches Jonas of love, war, and all of life's unknown joys and pains.

As his oppressive world continues unchanged, Jonas must decide whether to keep these new secrets or upend his community. This modern classic explores the risks and rewards of a full life. "The Giver" speaks to all ages, from elementary audiences to adults, and National Players is producing it for the first time this year.

The National Players' performances hosted by Saint Meinrad are sponsored in part by a grant from the B.J. Killian Foundation. For more information, contact Mary Jeanne Schumacher during business hours at (812) 357-6501.