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One-Ham Manlet is a solo performer original adaptation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet that takes the titular Danish prince's "antic disposition" and pushes it to "11". Actually, it's more like 20, since that's approximately how many characters actor/adapter Ryan Kathman portrays in this modern, often comedic but no less authentic interpretation of the legendary tragedy. One actor, twenty characters ... to be or not to be? Is there "method to this madness", or will the result be "something rotten"? 

So far audiences have given the production a resounding, "Huzzah!" Blending levity and brevity (though the entire story is told, the show clocks in at just under 90 minutes), Manlet highlights some of the zanier aspects of this play without sacrificing the universal themes of revenge, betrayal, love and family. The show incorporates highly theatrical elements like stage combat (no small feat with only one actor), puppetry (not Yorick - he's dead) and a whole host of dialects (this Hamlet is a multi-cultural affair). Iconic scenes (the "closet" scene, Ophelia's "mad" scene) and speeches ("O what a rogue and peasant slave", "Is that a dagger I see before -" ... oops, wrong show) are interspersed with countless surprises (namely, which prop will he pull out of his many pockets next?). Be assured: you've never seen Shakespeare quite like this (or quite so ... sweaty).

*Winner of Best Original/New Work, Broadway World Awards: Memphis*

*Nominated for Best Actor, Ostrander Awards (Memphis)*

*Nominated for Best Actor, Broadway World Awards: Memphis*


  • Show Only = $250

  • Show + Talkback session with audience = $300

  • Show + Workshop session (see below) = $400

  • Show + Multiple workshops (2-3) = $450-$500

  • For out of state, please add travel reimbursement

Available Workshops (30-45 min. each):

  • Performing Shakespeare

  • Dialects

  • Stage Combat (unarmed, or rapier if weapons are provided)

  • Puppetry (found object workshop)


"She answers, 'So would I had done by yonder sun, and thou hadst not come to my bed!"


"Get you to my lady's chamber. Tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favor she must come."


"Let come what comes only I'll be revenged most thoroughly for my father."


"Let us impart what we have seen tonight unto young Hamlet. For upon my life, this spirit, dumb to us, will speak to him."


"O my offense is rank. It smells to heaven. It hath the primal eldest curse upon it: a brother's murder."


"Do not forever with thy veiled lids seek for thy noble father in the dust. Thou knowst 'tis common: all that lives must die."

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