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Boar's Head - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Boar's Head

Don Nigro

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

8m, 5f

ISBN: 9780573632143

This big, colorful, uproariously funny and ultimately moving play tells the story of the Shakespearean characters who meet at the Boar's Head Tavern in East Cheap. We see the scenes Shakespeare tells us about but leaves out of Henry IV, Parts One and Two; Henry V; and The Merry Wives of Windsor. The language is rich, the characterizations compelling, and the play has a surprisingly powerful resonance of its own. The latest of Nigro's ongoing investigations of Shakespeare and his worlds.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 16th Century / Elizabethan

Settings Of Play - At the Boar's Head Tavern in Eastcheap, London, the Dolphin Room by the sea-coal fire, with some wooden tables and stools, and a bedroom chamber, with bed. Also, the Fleet Prison.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

This big, colorful, uproariously funny and ultimately moving play tells the story of the Shakespearean characters who meet at the Boar's Head Tavern in East Cheap. We see the scenes Shakespeare tells us about but leaves out of Henry IV, Parts One and Two; Henry V; and The Merry Wives of Windsor, centering on Doll Tearsheet, her unrequited love for Ned Poins, Ned's sister Nell, impregnated by Prince Hal, and Robin, a girl masquerading as a tavern boy, also in love with Ned. Bardolph, Mistress Quickley, Justice Shallow, Pistol, Jane Nightwork and a host of other characters who live at the edge of Shakespeare move to the center in this play, along with Jack Falstaff and a dead Windmill Keeper who might be Shakespeare himself. The language is rich, the characterizations compelling, and the play has a surprisingly powerful resonance of its own. The latest of Nigro's ongoing investigations of Shakespeare and his worlds.
First presented at York University in York, Pennsylvania. Directed by James McGhee.
Characters

CASTING

8m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

MISTRESS QUICKLY
DOLL TEARSHEET
ROBIN
BARDOLPH
FRANCIS/DAVY
SIR JOHN FALSTAFF
GOODWIFE KEECH/BUCKET WOMAN/JANE NIGHTWORK
NED POINS/ ARMLESS MAN
NELL PAINS
SNEAK/JUSTICE SHALLOW
PISTOL
FANG/WINDMILL KEEPER
SNARE/CORPORAL NYM
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Don Nigro

Don Nigro

Don Nigro is among the most frequently published and widely produced playwrights in the world and has continued to build a deeply interrelated and diverse body of dramatic literature, employing a wide variety of dramatic conventions and styles of presentation. He has written monologues and epics, spare realistic dramas and surreal homicidal puppet farces, plays with music and verse plays. He ... view full profile

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