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Play by Heiner Müller

Hamletmachine is a play written in 1977 by Heiner Müller. Divided into five sections, like a Shakespeare play. Hamlet and his alter-egos embody the modern intellectual's deception, hesitation and rationalization in the face of tyranny and terror. 

In this variation, Ofelia (Hamlet’s love interest) and her multiplicity of women, emerge from the inability of men and Western civilization to make any real change in a cycle of violence. Each Ofelia refers to some personal rebellion. The voices of women promise the potential for revolution as an escape from the destructive and rational course of history. They deal not only with the ideas of communism and feminism, but the idea of being trapped in any time or situation. Ofelia suggests a realm of possibility.

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