June 30 through August 17
William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, adapted by Guy Roberts
How to describe William Shakespeare’s Hamlet? How about equal parts revenge thriller, psychological exploration, ghost story, family drama, play within a play, romance gone bad, along with a literal killer ending as told by characters who are dreamers, schemers, actors, backstabbers, gravediggers, poisoners, kings, queens, princes, watchmen, ghosts, college students, and social climbers?
Door Shakespeare’s production of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, adapted by Prague Shakespeare’s Guy Roberts, is packed with unforgettable characters both comical and tragical, bold theatrical flourishes, and some of drama’s most famous lines: “What a piece of work is man,” “Something’s rotten in the state of Denmark,” “To thine own self be true,” “To be or not to be,” just to quote a few.
Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, comes home from the University of Wittenberg to find his father dead, his mother remarried to his uncle, and an apparition roaming the palace grounds. The apparition is the ghost of the King of Denmark, who tells his son, Hamlet, to avenge this murder by killing the new king, Hamlet’s uncle. How Hamlet goes about accomplishing this task is the stuff of storytelling that has kept audiences on the edge of their seats for over 400 years.
Door Shakespeare’s producing artistic director Michael Stebbins directs Hamlet for both the outdoor stage and virtual viewing in a production featuring a tour-de-force solo performance by Ryan Schabach playing 17 characters. A favorite of Door County audiences, Ryan has been seen on Door Shakespeare’s stage in Much Ado About Nothing, The Rivals, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), and As You Like It; has been the fight choreographer for Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and — most recently — was the videographer and editor of the 2020 virtual production of J. M. Barrie’s Rosalind.