Trap Door Theatre presents Heiner Müller's Hamletmachine, translated by Carl Weber, directed by Max Truax, with music composed by Jonathan Guillen.
There's something rotten in Denmark. This is the basis for Hamletmachine, Heiner Muller's seminal postmodernist meditation on the decay of an individual's national pride. Hamlet's conflict arises not out of familial betrayal, but out of a festering disappointment he feels toward a country he once loved. What happens to the individual's sense of self when his country betrays him?
In this world, Hamlet becomes fragmented, and his relationships with others come to embody various aspects of his national identity - he feels betrayed by the Denmark that has been at one time or another his mother, his father, his friend, his lover and his self. When Hamlet engages these living metaphors directly, the consequences are as harrowing as they are cathartic.