The Cast

  • Darby McCarthy
  • JR Knowles
  • Corey Martin
  • Caroline Brady
  • Sofia Tosches
  • Daniel Morgan
  • Zach Williams
  • James Rudolph II
Darby McCarthy


Darby is a Murfreesboro native and thrilled to be making her Inebriated Shakespeare debut this year. She's been performing in theatre since she was 10 years old, Favorites include: Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank and Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof. She once appeared on an episode of Wheel of Fortune, using the winnings to return to college at MTSU (through the pandemic), obtaining a degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Theatre. Her favorite alcohols are gin and craft beer, neither of which (she presumes) she will be shooting during the run of this show. 

JR Knowles


J.R. Knowles is in his first season with Inebriated Shakespeare. A native Nashvillian, J.R. studied Shakespeare with the Nashville Shakespeare Festival and at MTSU, where he received his B.S. in Theatre. His comedic influences are The Simpsons, MST3K, and the work of Matt Berry. Let's drink!!

Corey Martin

Polonius/Guildenstern/Grave Digger

Corey is an "actor" who has been in what some may call "plays". Being a personal childhood friend of the author of this play back in Stratford-upon-Avon, it was an obvious casting choice. After Billy listened to his brilliant edits, now the play is somewhat decent and presentable. So hold your drinks and let's start the show.

Caroline Brady


This is Caroline's third season with Inebriated Shakespeare and she is happy to be back doing two of her favorite things: Drinking and Shakespeare. Past roles include Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lucentio in Taming of the Shrew, and Viola in Radical Arts' online production of Twelfth Night. She hopes you enjoy the show!

Sofia Tosches


Sofia is thrilled to be joining the Inebriated Shakespeare cast as Ophelia and as a first-timer (to the company, not to drinking or Shakespeare.) Sofia has been a Nashville actress and playwright for almost 8 years now. Favorite credits include: OG Howland in Men on Boats, The Vagina Monologues, and Melissa in White Elephant. She sends BIG love to both the Macbeth and Hamlet cast for making her debut with the company so welcoming and joyful. She would also like to thank the directing and stage management team for their encouragement throughout this whole process. Today is a beautiful day to make art! 

Daniel Morgan
Daniel Morgan


Daniel is back with a vengeance for his fifth season with the company. Some of his classic performances include Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile and recently as Azolan in Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Hailing from Lexington, KY he started acting on a whim in 2012. Give him plenty of shots and he'll boastfully tell you about all the super cool stuff he’s done and endlessly talk about wrestling.

Zach Williams
Zach Williams


Zach is happy to be returning to Inebriated Shakespeare for a third year. He became well-known two seasons ago for playing the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. He is originally from Myrtle Beach, SC and was most recently seen on stage in KB Production’s Holding the Man. Hopefully, he’ll have you in stitches by the end of Scene 2! Bring on the drinks!

James Rudolph II


James is so happy to be doing theatre again and grateful he gets to, with this amazing cast! A Nashville native and international performer himself, this is James' first season with Inebriated Shakespeare.  Besides performing, James also runs a cake business named JR's Cake Company. He thanks Angela and Mackenzie for the opportunity, his loved ones for their continued love and support, and you for supporting live theatre. Follow James on all things social at @JaydedTheGr8; for cake @JRsCakeCo.

The Story


amlet, the Prince of Denmark, returns home from university to discover the world-shattering news that, not only is his father (Old Hamlet) newly dead, but that his mother, Gertrude, has marriedOld Hamlet's brother, Claudius, and Claudius is now king.These resulting instabilities have also led to threats of invasion by a solider from a neighboring state, Fortinbras. Late one night, the ghost of Hamlet's father appears to him, accusing Claudius of his murder and urging Hamlet to revenge. This sets in motion a train of events that destroys both family and state.

No longer able to trust his own senses, the loyalty of his old friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, or even the affections of his young love, Ophelia, Hamlet fakes madness in an attempt to provide himself with proof that the ghost is telling the truth. Aided only by his most loyal companion, Horatio, he persuades a traveling band of actors to re-enact the story of his father's murder in front of Claudius and Gertrude, hoping that Claudius will be so stirred by remorse that he will confess his crime.

During an intense meeting with his mother, Hamlet hears a noise and realizes that they are being spied upon. In rage, he stabs the hidden eavesdropper, believing it to be Claudius. Instead his discovers it is the King's adviser, Polonius, father to both Ophelia and her brother, Laertes. Polonius dies. Afraid of what Hamlet might do next, Claudius has him arrested and dispatched to England under guard, where he has arranged to have Hamlet murdered. Hamlet escapes, returns to his homeland and finally achieves his revenge.

Ophelia, having been violently rejected by Hamlet, hears that her father has been murdered. She loses her mind and eventually drowns herself. Her brother, Laertes, returns to court at the head of an angry mob, determined to find out the truth. Claudius convinces him that Hamlet is the only guilty party and agrees to help Laertes gain revenge.On learning of Hamlet's escape and return to his homeland, Claudius convinces Laertes to challenge Hamlet to a fencing match and advises Laertes on how to kill Hamlet during the duel without arousing suspicion. Asa back-up plan, Claudius also poisons a glass of wine which he intends to offer to Hamlet. Gertrude, however, drinks from the glass first and dies.

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