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Genesius Guild's new "Hamlet" features Sarah Willie, left, as Ophelia, and Andrew Bruning in the title role.

ROCK ISLAND — Genesius Guild will present "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare on July 13, 14, 20 and 21. Performances start at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Classic Theatre, 1120 40th St. Admission is free.

"Hamlet" is one of Shakespeare's best-known and most-produced plays — done previously by Genesius Guild in 1966, 1981 and 2001. Beyond its impact on the stage, the play is considered to be one of the most influential works in modern literature, according to a Genesius release. The script gained tremendous popularity during Shakespeare's lifetime and remains a compelling work today, it says.

The storyline of Hamlet is well-known: A young man in a state of torment contemplates taking revenge on his uncle, who had killed Hamlet's father and usurped the throne of Denmark. Hamlet is torn, as he wants to seek revenge but cannot bring himself to take action. Yet the longer Hamlet takes considering his way forward, the more everything around him spirals out of his control. 

The Genesius Guild is a community-theater organization specializing in free classical drama. Founded in 1956, the group performs Greek drama, Greek comedy, the works of Shakespeare and other classical authors every weekend throughout the summer. The schedule also includes ballet in partnership with Ballet Quad Cities.

For more information, visit genesius.org.

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