Shakespeare created many characters that could be stories unto themselves. Two of these personalities step out of the Bard’s world into Tom Stoppard’s contemporary comedic play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

NAU Theater will present the production in the NAU Studio Theater, opening Feb. 29.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Deadis the story of two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet who have been called to Denmark and are responsible for entertaining Hamlet.

“We see the main characters ponder their existence, their purpose and the events taking place around them in this play,” said Kate Ellis, assistant professor of theater and director. “They question fate, chance, life and death in brilliant conversation and word play.”

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead will play Feb. 29 and March 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on March 1 and 2.

Tickets are $11 for general admission, $10 for faculty, staff and senior citizens, and $8 for students and children. Call the NAU Central Ticket Office at (928) 523-5661, or go to www4.nau.edu/cto.