Presented by Ice the Beef & Elm Shakespeare Company

Through Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Hamlet, we explore these questions: What is the difference between seeking revenge and seeking justice? Is the cost of getting one’s revenge too high? What innocent parties get caught in the crossfire?  After the play, the ensemble will share a trio of contemporary scenes inspired by real life experiences that offer tactics for violence de-escalation. Ice the Beef is a student-driven nonprofit, dedicated to empowering teens who want to end gun violence.

Ice the Beef

Ice the Beef Anti-Gun Violence Organization is a 501(c)(3) located in city of New Haven, CT. We fervently advocate against gun violence by providing youth services and community centered events. We have been working in the city of New Haven for 10 years to curb gun-violence and have currently extended our efforts into the city of Waterbury. In 2020 the New Haven Police Department reported 275 shots fired, thus far in 2021 the city has reported 264 shots fired and 23 homicides. Following the death of his brother in 2011, Darrell Allick founded Ice the Beef after a particularly violent year with 34 homicides. In the beginning years, the organization worked as a mediator between groups and individuals who had disputes with each other. Darrell worked alongside his team of outreach workers and assisted them in resolving their disputes without resulting in violence. We also provided bereavement assistance for individuals and families who suffered loss or injury due to the pervasive gun violence and its corresponding trauma.


Elm Shakespeare Company

The Elm Shakespeare Company ignites a spark in our humanity, enriches the lives of people from widely diverse backgrounds, and strengthens the artistic and educational landscape of the Greater New Haven region. We are committed to offering accessible theater and innovative educational experiences in our parks, our classrooms, and our neighborhoods.

Elm Shakespeare Company is a premiere theater company known for producing outstanding theater and educational programs that enrich the lives of people from widely diverse cultural, socio-economic and educational backgrounds. Our performances engage people from near and far. Our theater and educational outreach make an enduring contribution to the artistic, cultural and economic vitality of the region.