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Fortinbras - Full Length Play


Lee Blessing

Full Length Play

10m, 4f

ISBN: 9780822204213

Young Fortinbras, a modern man of action, enters during the last scene…

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Young Fortinbras, a modern man of action, enters during the last scene of Hamlet only
"Ghosts are hellzapoppin" in Lee Blessing's self-described new "metaphysical farce," FORTINBRAS, a comic interplay of wry literary criticism and contemporary wit which takes up where William Shakespeare's Hamlet left off. As inescapably relevant to today's political scene as the classic from which it is drawn, FORTINBRAS cannot help but raise questions about authority and leadership, yet with its mocking (and loving) reverence for Shakespeare's vision, Blessing's play comes closer in tone to Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead—sexy, inquisitive, and ultimately satisfying to the revisionist theater-lover. Chosen by Time magazine as one of the year's ten best plays for 1991, calling it "Lee Blessing's splendid musing on the most influential play in the English language…" "This comedy serves up a yuppie, postmodern Fortinbras, a bewildered Horatio, a blossoming Osric and lots of tasty ghosts." —LA Times. "…only Blessing would possess the nerve and the talent to undertake such a task…Where we suffered and wailed at the consequences of Shakespeare's tragedy, we can laugh along with Blessing at what follows in its wake…Shakespeare himself would have loved it." —Drama-Logue.


10m, 4f

Lee Blessing

Lee Blessing

Lee Blessing's play's include: A Walk In The Woods (Broadway and London's West End), Going to St. Ives, (Outer Critic’s Circle Award, Best Play, Obie for ensemble performance); Thief River (Drama Desk nomination, Best Play); Cobb (Drama Desk award, best ensemble); Chesapeake, Eleemosynary,Down The Road, The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid, and Cold Water. In the 1992-93 Signature Theatre season: ... view full profile

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