The Plimoth Players work from a 17th century historical context, and Shakespeare’s text to tell a story. Isaac Asimov’s Guide to Shakespeare proves to be a faithful and insightful guide for just this purpose. He cites specific examples from the text of Shakespeare’s plays, illuminates the historical setting, which in the case of Hamlet, is medieval Denmark, brings in the 17th century understanding of these events, and weaves these threads together in a flowing and entertaining fashion. As director of Hamlet, I found his guide an invaluable resource. As a reader, I found Asimov’s guide clarify Shakespeare’s work, and deepen my appreciation of it. Look for it at your local Library, or online.