Blackstone Audio Announces Audio Theatre Co-Production with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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“Hamlet” is now available at BlackstoneAudio.com; First in series of definitive audio dramatizations of Shakespeare's canon developed in partnership with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Oregon Shakespeare Festival's "Hamlet" is the first in a series of audio dramatizations from Blackstone Audio; ideal for students, commuters, families, and anyone who wants to enjoy great storytelling when they can’t look at a page or screen

Blackstone Audio, Inc., the nation's largest independent audiobook publisher, today unveiled its audio recording of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's 2010 production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. The stunning audio dramatization, which has been developed in partnership with OSF, features performances from the original cast and is available for immediate purchase as a Digital Download, CD, and MP3-CD.

The new recording is the product of a growing collaboration between the two Ashland-based companies, whose aim is to introduce new audiences to the Shakespearean canon through audio theatre and related emerging technologies. This one of a kind dramatization recaptures the brilliant 2010 stage production of Shakespeare's disturbing and psychologically rich masterpiece, directed by OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch. It is equally suited to Shakespeare scholars and those experiencing the play for the first time. "We are thrilled to be in partnership with Blackstone to bring the energy of our robustly American productions of our namesake playwright’s work to the widest possible audience," said Rauch. “Blackstone has been an amazing partner, and we hope to continue our relationship.”

"Blackstone has been fortunate to work with several of OSF's world-class actors on the narration of individual audiobook titles over the years, but this production of Hamlet is truly ground-breaking. For the first time, we've attempted to re-create the magic of OSF's unique theatrical experience, with performances from the original cast in a dramatized recording. It's really a dream come true, and we couldn't be happier with the outcome. We look forward to what the future holds," said Josh Stanton, President, Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Blackstone Audio’s self-contained audiobooks are ideal for students, commuters, road warriors, and anyone who wants to enjoy great storytelling when they can’t look at a page or screen. They are also convenient for the listener on a budget, with retail CD prices starting at $19.95.

Hamlet joins over 4,500 other Blackstone Audio titles available on the market today. Titles range from contemporary bestsellers to classic works of literature, all professionally produced and read by leading audiobook narrators. The complete list of available titles is available at BlackstoneAudio.com.

About the Play:
Something is rotten in Denmark, a king is dead. His brother Claudius, has snatched the throne and the widowed queen. Life goes on—for everyone but Hamlet. The prince, fixated on his uncle as the murderer, is charged by his father’s ghost to avenge the wrong. Disconnected from the foul world around him, Hamlet strains under the weight of his task. OSF’s first production in a decade of Shakespeare’s disturbing and psychologically rich masterpiece digs into the enigma of a man’s mind.

About Blackstone Audio, Inc.:
Blackstone Audio is the largest independent audiobook publisher in the United States, and remains family owned and operated in Ashland, OR. Blackstone Audio is dedicated to providing quality audiobooks at affordable prices, publishing more than 400 titles a year. The company markets its audiobooks across a number of distribution channels and formats including libraries, retail outlets, solid-state audiobook players and digital download services. Blackstone Audio manufactures everything in-house, from narration to cover production, which allows the company to keep standards high while controlling costs. 

About the Oregon Shakespeare Festival:
Founded in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation. Each year OSF presents an eight-and-a-half-month season of eleven plays—four by Shakespeare and seven by classic and contemporary playwrights—in three theatres plus numerous ancillary activities, and undertakes an extensive theatre education program. Operating on a budget exceeding $29 million, OSF presents more than 780 performances annually with attendance of more than 400,000.

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