Hamlet’s Shakespeare has as its central focus the death of Hamnet Shakespeare, Will’s only son, dead at the age of eleven. The play explores the significance of his death, in an imagined story of how Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, the best way the playwright could find to mourn his son.
Mary Jane Schaefer, of Norwalk, Connecticut, first read Romeo and Juliet when she was twelve years old and fell irrevocably in love with William Shakespeare. She has been an actor and an academic, a dramaturg, a playwright, a wife and mother, all roads leading inevitably back to Will. Hamlet’s Shakespeare, the first of her Shakespeare trilogy, has gone through several readings.