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My Brooklyn Hamlet

Brenda’s critically acclaimed solo-show

She tells her story through dark, wickedly funny anecdotes that are laugh-out-loud hilarious, but also gut-wrenching.

Adelman punctuates her narrative sparingly with passages from Shakespeare’s Hamlet – a daring move, really, since it places her in danger of moving into cliché territory. But Adelman’s delivery of the Bard’s lines is skillful and emotionally moving, bringing a fresh perspective to the centuries-old words and giving Adelman a way to express the true despair without alienating her audience.”

Profound in it’s outcome. Brenda Adelman is able to wield the mighty power of grace and bestow a kind of clemency that allows her to get past the ugliness and pain of tragedy to a love of herself and most of all both her mother and her father. As in the words her mother would say every evening at her bedtime goodnight, “To Thine Own Self Be True,” Ms. Adelman, finds a way to do what is right for everyone.”

LA Theatre Review

by Tracy Paleo

Lack of forgiveness gets in the way of everything!

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Holding resentments keeps you backstage, stuck in the green room where you can’t be the leading lady/ leading man of your life story.

When you heal then you have the freedom, the real freedom, to tell your story.

“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts

William Shakespeare

Aren’t we all here to star in our own one-person show (whether it is for an audience or not?)

Up until now you’ve been rehearsing, getting ready for the 1st big act, opening night…

Maybe a tragedy has taken you down. Until you deal with it you can’t find the comedy, the joy, real love in your life.

It’s time to bring the curtain up and put the lights on so you can step into the spotlight.

Don’t let the final curtain come down before you have forgiven the past (or a current player in your life) and lived your story the way you want.

Time to live life to the fullest.

There will be drama but it doesn’t have to be bad. It can be exciting…after all it makes us feel!

If you choose not to feel than you aren’t really living…just running lines and performing scenes from someone else’s script.

Take the stage and Stop being a bit player in someone else’s life.

My Story

I was an actor, playing a small part in my family story. I was treading water, just getting by. I was stuck in a side job while auditioning here and there and taking acting class. Then tragedy struck. My father shot and killed my mother and quickly married her sister. I couldn’t be a bit player anymore in my family story because I had no family.

I had to forgive before I could move on and change the story of my life.

Now, I have a critically acclaimed one-woman show that moves people to change their lives. I created a business from sharing my life story. I lead workshops and speak about how to forgive the unforgivable and find peace, joy, and love again. I am creative. I am a life coach and I’ve written my processes down so I can share my Story Success System and How I Opened My Heart again with you.

You can do this too.

Live Life on Your Own Terms.

Curtain Up!

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Here’s what some reviewers have had to say:

Ms. Adelman takes us, squarely and in typical ‘shoot from the hip’ East Coast style, through the sometimes absurd, sometimes traumatizing events of the comical tragedy,..Part family comedy, part Greek tragedy, My Brooklyn Hamlet is Brenda’s very true story about loyalty, sex, obsession, love, betrayal, murder and most of all, the awesome power of forgiveness. ..Although often shocking, much of it is quite funny..Profound in it’s outcome…

LA Theatre Review Tracy Paleo

Ultimately the audience at Brenda Adelman’s searing one-woman show are winners too as she shares her extraordinary true story…her mother has taught her to recite her favourite excerpts from Shakespeare, a legacy she uses in the show to spellbinding effect…She morphs effortlessly into both parents and does not spare her audience the gory details of their relationship, or the depths of her own pain… thanks to her winning open personality and the simplicity and candour of her storytelling, nicely leavened with a disarming humour and her great personal charm, the parts add up to a gripping whole…

All ABout Jewish Theatre Judi Herman

To watch it unfold is gripping, emotionally draining and uplifting…All the time there is the echo of that fatal gunshot ringing in our ears, and the knowledge that this is real, and these things really happened to the woman standing just a few feet away…stranger than fiction…(My Brooklyn Hamlet) plays on the parallels with Hamlet – in which Claudius murders the hero’s father and marries his mother. The key difference is that while Hamlet is bent on revenge, Adelman ultimately sought to forgive her father…. If any kind of remarkable twist were needed for such a story, that is it. ..

By John Jeffay, The Carriageworks, Leeds

…ripped straight from Greek tragedy or, more pertinently, Shakespearian drama…Carefully avoiding sensation or sentimentality, Adelman’s dialogue is direct…the power of the story carries this through, along with the winning personality of the flame-haired performer ..

Jonathan Lovett

We were taken to the edge of human existence…Brenda Adelman’s My Brooklyn Hamlet, relived her mother’s murder by her father (who then married the victim’s sister), a drama that created a classical Greek catharsis in a modern Brooklyn setting.”

Henrik Eger, Ph. D., Association for Jewish Theatre

Adelman takes on the persona of Mother, Father, Brother and assorted friends with ease and enthusiasm that easily draws us into her family drama without our even realizing it….“My Brooklyn Hamlet…” ends on a positive note for Brenda, her family and the audience and becomes a life’s lesson in forgiveness, love and acceptance…

The San Diego Examiner

Who needs reality television?…Though painful and hopeful as her story may be, nothing told her tale better than her casually sly grin and raised chin as her recounted her story step by hurtful, bloody step. Mercy and absolution are indeed the end result of this near tragedy…

Edge San Diego by Rodney Rodriguez

Brenda Adelman has toured internationally with her critically acclaimed one-woman show, My Brooklyn Hamlet: A Meshugenah True Story. Her diverse audiences include women prisoners, trainers and survivors of domestic violence, youth-at-risk, high school, college and grad school students and faculty, the United States Air Force, mental health practitioners, theatre lovers and spiritual communities.

Partial List of Performances: The Jewish Ensemble Theatre in Michigan, The Los Angeles Womens Theatre Festival, The NYC Until the Violence Stops Festival, Repair the World Festival in Vienna, Austria, The Leeds International Jewish Theatre Festival in England, The New End Theatre in London, Unity Church and Church of Religious Science in North Hollywood, Flagstaff, Sedona, Oklahoma City, Phoenix  and Oahu, HI. Keynote presenter for The Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Albuquerque, New Mexico and in Phoenix, AZ.    Most recently performed at The Marsh San Francisco and at the San Diego International Fringe Festival.

Forgive your father's betrayal

Check out the simple exercise in this video that will help you to forgive your father's betrayal so that you have more love present today! (If the challenge isn't with your father-you can instead apply this exercise to yourself)

Learn to embrace that part of him that lives in you, through you, as you, in a compassionate way otherwise that energy becomes toxic. And when it is then it shows up as anger, vengeful thoughts, depression, apathy and as illness.