PROFILE — Greeley native Alex Esola stars in in 'I Hate Hamlet'

July 24, 2014

By Dan England, Greeley Tribune 

Alex Esola knew he wanted to be on stage.

The problem was, he was too terrified to try it.

Even at an early age growing up in Greeley, he saw the people in movies as actors, not characters, and he knew that’s what he wanted to do. At Health Middle School, his friends convinced him — actually, they had to cajole and almost threaten him — into auditioning for a play. He got a part: an alien who spoke one line in a production developed from a “Twilight Zone” episode.

“I got such a rush from it,” Esola said. “I not only thought I could do it, I should do it.”

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“Obviously the language (in Shakespeare) is a beast. It’s not how we speak,” Esola said. “But I think that makes it so much more powerful. Once you know what you’re saying, and you can make it clear for the audience, that’s what is so beautiful about it. You’re taking something written hundreds of years ago and making it relevant.”

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Photo: Sam Gregory, left, as John Barrymore and Alex Esola as Andrew. Zachary Andrews/Colorado Shakespeare Festival