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Mortal Terror  - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Mortal Terror

Robert Brustein

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

6m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573702242

Mortal Terror is set in 1605, the year of the Gunpowder Plot, a terrorist conspiracy to blow up the houses of Parliament. Shakespeare, delicately balancing his allegiances to assure his own survival, is commissioned by King James to write a play to justify his right to the throne. That play is Macbeth.  

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Period, Docudrama/Historic

105 Minutes

Time Period - 16th Century / Elizabethan

Settings Of Play - The time is 1605—just two years after a recurrence of the fearsome bubonic pestilence called The Black Death which had hit London once again. The action moves freely from place to place so the scenery should be spare, suggestive, versatile. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TAGS

Politics

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Mortal Terror is set in 1605, the year of the Gunpowder Plot, a terrorist conspiracy to blow up the houses of Parliament. Shakespeare, delicately balancing his allegiances to assure his own survival, is commissioned by King James to write a play to justify his right to the throne. That play is Macbeth.  

Mortal Terror is the second piece in a trilogy of plays by Robert Brustein about the life of Shakespeare. The trilogy begins with The English Channel and concludes with The Last Will
"Will picks up his quill pen in 'Mortal Terror,' a witty and worldly consideration of the compromises made in the name of art, the abuses of power perpetrated in the name of ideology (in this case, the ostensibly divine right of kings), the violence committed in the name of religion, and the multifarious forces that converge to create that mysterious thing called theater." - boston.com

"But even as Brustein thrusts us into the world of England in 1605, complete with quasi-Elizabethan dialogue, he sketches parallels to modern-day America. " - boston.com

"Brustein’s own love of language, and his skill in using it, furnish ample reason to see 'Mortal Terror'" - boston.com 

"Playwright Robert Brustein brings the spirit of William Shakespeare back to the stage with his imaginative story of political upheaval..." - Stage Source 
Mortal Terror premiered at the Modern Theatre in Boston in September 2011.  
Characters

CASTING

6m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
SIR JOHN HARINGTON
KING JAMES
BEN JOHNSON
MARSTON/GUY FAWKES
QUEEN ANNE
CATESBY

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Robert Brustein

Robert Brustein

Robert Brustein served as the founding director of the Yale Repertory and American Repertory Theaters, and has supervised well over two hundred productions, acting in eight and directing twelve. He has written eleven adaptations for the American Repertory Theater and is the author of thirteen books on theater and society. His latest book, The Tainted Muse: Prejudices and Preconceptions in ... view full profile

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