About Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth

Is learning Shakespeare a burden or a gift? 
Is it beautiful poetry, or is it complete nonsense? 
What's the point of watching a play if you can't understand the words? 

Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth is a combination of two short plays that explore these questions. 

In Dogg's Hamlet, a bunch of schoolboys who speak in a mock-language called Dogg prepare for and present a shortened, 15-minute version of Hamlet (in English) as a "foreign" language piece. 

Cahoot's Macbeth is an homage piece to the Czech dramatist Pavel Kohout who notoriously performed a shortened version of Macbeth in a friend's living room because the government had banned public performances. It presents the imagined response of the actors and the storytelling to the interruption of the piece by a government official. 

The two pieces were written to be performed together and cannot be performed separately.


The philosophy of the Visual and Performing Arts Department is to create a community of reflective, thoughtful, risk-taking artists who pursue their own creative goals and self-expression in an environment that nurtures empathy through creative action and that emphasizes art as an avenue for social justice.