Of all Shakespeare's plays, it's Hamlet that can bear the most deconstruction and reconstruction. The nature of the play, with its nesting layers, shifting identities and themes of duplicity, lends itself to rethinking, reworking and remaking. Equally Represented Arts presents an exploded view of both the great tragedy and the process of making theater with its new production, Make Hamlet. Six actors use the play-within-a-play structure to make a new play within Hamlet. The melancholy Dane's uncertain identity, which is finally crystallized as an avenging murder once he's staged his "mousetrap" play, encourages the actors to adopt and drop new characters within the confines of Shakespeare's work. ERA presents Make Hamlet at 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday (April 21 through May 1), 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, and 8 p.m. Saturday (April 26 and May 3) at the Chapel (6238 Alexander Drive; www.equallyrepresentedarts.com). Tickets are $15 to $20, although opening night and Thursday, April 24, are free performances.
Mondays-Thursdays, 8 p.m.; Sat., April 26, 8 p.m.; Fri., May 2, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 3, 8 p.m. Starts: April 21. Continues through May 1, 2014