Fated to drown

In this new play directed by Jenny Mercein and Joyelle Ball, Ophelia’s ghost appears on the set of a UCSB rehearsal of “Hamlet,” but she has some serious amnesia. She can only remember some of the good things that happened to her, and as the cast guides her through the plot, they discover many connections to their own lives as they discuss suicide, madness and what it means to be a “good girl.” The play jumps back and forth between the present and the Elsinor in the time Shakespeare imagined it as Ophelia inexorably approaches the fate the Bard decreed for her.