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Beard of Avon, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Beard of Avon, The

Amy Freed

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Full Length Play, Comedy

8m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573602580

This delicious and witty farce fashions the longstanding debate over who really penned the Bard's cannon into a merry look at the mortality of artists and the immortality of their legacy.


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$9.95
: Acting Edition

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 16th Century / Elizabethan

Settings Of Play - Stratford-upon-Avon and London

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

The Ted Schmitt Award

WINNER! 2002 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award, Outstanding New Play
A bumpkin known as "Will Shakspere" who longs to be an artist flees from his filthy barn, his homebound wife and her incessant chores. In Elizabethan London, did this stagestruck dreamer become a front man for Sir Francis Bacon, the Earl of Oxford and even Queen Elizabeth, authors too proud to admit they scribbled plays for the unwashed masses? This delicious and witty farce fashions the longstanding debate over who really penned the Bard's cannon into a merry look at the mortality of artists and the immortality of their legacy. With a gleeful wink at intervening centuries, the author portrays Will's comic struggles to become an artist in his own right while she reflects on artistic inspiration, the struggle to become an artistic master and the very meaning of creativity.

REVIEWS

"[A] sparkling academic comedy...Highbrow art served up as lowgrade fun." - Variety, Read More

"You don't have to be a Shakespeare aficionado to appreciate [this] satisfying...shrewd and ambitious [play]...Big ideas...are delivered with a genuine awe and delight at the genius in [Shakespeare's] 37 plays, whoever is responsible." - The New York Times, Read More


The Beard of Avon premiered at South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, CA in November of 2001 under the direction of David Emmes.

Characters

CASTING

8m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

WILLIAM SHAKSPERE - A lad of Stratford. In his early thirties, mostly. Simple, honest, very appealing fellow. Possessor of hidden gifts.
EDWARD DE VERE - 17th Earl of Oxford. In his forties. Wicked, charming, sexy, brilliant. A closet writer.
ELIZABETH - Queen of England. Between forty and sixty. A sacred monster. Wants a boyfriend.
ANNE HATHAWAY - Shakespeare's wife. Lively, illiterate, promiscuous.
*HENRY WRIOTHESLEY - 20's. Young and beautiful. Third Earl of Southhampton. Edward de Vere's lover.
*OLD COLIN - An ancient shepherd, and Shakespeare's friend.
*JOHN HEMINGE - Manager of an acting company.
*HENRY CONDELL - Heminge's partner.
*GEOFFREY DUNDERBREAD - A boy player.
*RICHARD BURBAGE - A leading man.

*Actors in these parts also double or triple in the folowing roles:

Members of Elizabeth's Court
FRANCIS BACON
LADY LETTICE
FRANCIS WALSINGHAM
LORD BULEIGH
EARL OF DARBY

WALTER FITCH - a playwright

Others:
MINSTREL WITH A BEAUTIFUL VOICE

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Reviews
Jonathan Landaw 8/22/2014 12:47 PM
An excellent play, combining elements of broad comedy with historical and literary references. An intellectually stimulating farce for those who love all things Shakespearean.

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