This Shakespeare/Day of the Dead Mash-up was created for Art VallARTa’s annual Dia de los Muertos show. Day of the Dead not only honors our ancestors, it makes fun of human foibles. It doesn’t matter how rich you are, everybody dies. I am a theater guy and my key to the humor was taking Shakespeare’s classic drama and stirring in some Mexico mischief.
The stage is set for a 19th Century production of “Hamlet.” The scrims are hung and cyclorama backlit to reveal a spooky graveyard. Hamlet is suitably serious. He holds Yorick’s skull, his childhood court jester. The skull comes to life. Those mexicanos love to mess with ya. Hamlet is one melancholy Dane who needs to lighten up.