Full Length Play
More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 16th Century / Elizabethan
Settings Of Play - The stage of the Globe Theatre. Various boxes of clothing,
props, scenery litter the stage, out of which the players will in the
course of the play first build and then destroy a variety of locations
in Stratford and London.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Play w/ Music
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Dark and strange, ribald, funny, sad and beautiful, this unique play takes audiences on an inspiring trip deep into William Shakespeare's soul. Late on the stormy night on which he is to retire to the country, Shakespeare staggers drunkenly onto the stage of the Globe Theatre. Longing for quiet, green Stratford yet grieving for the London theatre world that has been his life, he is tortured by memories and hallucinations of his early struggles in the vicious city quagmire. His daughters arise as Miranda and Ariel and join the notorious hack Robert Greene who comes from the dead to accuse him of Marlowe's murder. Queen Elizabeth makes a cameo appearance and people from his life mix with characters from his plays to create a wild hallucinatory investigation into the nightmare of art.
First produced in 1981 at Indiana University in Bloomington and the Berkeley Stage Company, directed by Leigh Woods.