August 8-10, 2003

Greenville Shakespeare Festival

Greenville NH

Photos by Alice Dodge

This early iteration of Melon’s unique Hamlet adaptation was produced by the Greenville Shakespeare Festival in Greenville, NH.

Intercut and overlapping scenes appeal to a fast-paced, modern sensibility, while shared soliloquies emphasize the parallels in the lives of Hamlet, Ophelia, Laretes — and Aeneas, the ancient Trojan hero. Inserted sections of Virgil’s Aeneid frame Hamlet’s perspective on the play’s tumultuous events, while a traveling corps of players dip in and out of the action, alternating between taking on roles and playing puppet-masters with the Danish court.