Students to perform modern version of Shakespeare tragedy, set in Oakland in 1989

Hamlet: Blood in the BrainHamlet, a well-known work of Shakespeare performed at high schools and colleges across the country (and even in a high-security prison, one of my favorite “This American Life” stories), comes to the Oakland Tech stage this week.

Sort of. Naomi Iizuka’s “Hamlet: Blood in the Brain” is a modern, local re-telling of the popular tragedy. It’s set in Oakland in the late 1980s.

You can see the show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Saturday in Tech’s auditorium (Broadway and 42nd Street). It’s intended for an audience of high school age and older. Admission is $8, but $5 for the Thursday preview or with student I.D. Tickets will be available at the door.

The high school actors will perform the same play overseas this summer at a large theater festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

In other student performance news: If you prefer dancing to tales of intrigue and bloodshed, Skyline High School students will present “In the Spirit of Dance” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Farnsworth Theater, 12250 Skyline Blvd.

The show is directed by Dawn James, who has taught dance at Skyline since 1992. General admission is $10, or $5 for children under 5 and seniors over 65.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.