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Forsooth, My Lovely - Full Length Play, Comedy

Forsooth, My Lovely

David Belke

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573704123

A film noir comedy/mystery with Shakespeare on the brain. Hard boiled detective Birnam Wood faces his most difficult case ever as he travels to Italy to unravel a scandal involving a rich merchant's young daughter.  But he soon finds himself drawn into a whirlwind of crime, blackmail and murder...

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce, Adaptations (Shakespeare), Mystery/Thriller, Period

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 16th Century / Elizabethan

Settings Of Play - Padua, Italy. February of 1606. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

A film noir comedy/mystery with Shakespeare on the brain. Hard boiled detective Birnam Wood faces his most difficult case ever as he travels to Italy to unravel a scandal involving a rich merchant's young daughter.  But he soon finds himself drawn into a whirlwind of crime, blackmail and murder with a cast of characters that includes Scottish witches, star-crossed lovers, a pack of jesters and a strong willed woman people call a shrew.  It's a case of laugh out loud hilarity combined with a puzzling murder mystery with every suspect drawn from the works of William Shakespeare.  A stand alone theatrical adventure set in the world of the international hit The Maltese Bodkin.
"It's a hit. A most palpable hit. Playwright David Belke has hit this one out of the park." - The Edmonton Sun
 
"Absolutely hilarious." - SEE Magazine
 
"You couldn’t do better than David Belke’s new noir comedy-thriller, Forsooth my Lovely." - The Edmonton Journal

Forsooth, My Lovely was original produced  in August 2011 by the ACME Theatre Company at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival under the direction of Troy O'Donnell. 
Characters

CASTING

4m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

In the original production the following actor-doubling was used:
ACTOR 1 - Birnam Wood
ACTOR 2 - Katherine, Emelia, Witch 1
ACTOR 3 - Trinculo, Romeo, Costard
ACTOR 4 - Oliver, Proteus, Malvolio, Conrade, Feste, Petruchio
ACTOR 5 - Baptista, Borachio, Dogberry, Touchstone, Oberon
ACTOR 6 - Bianca, Witch 2, Fool, Titania

BIRNAM WOOD - A private detective
TRINCULO - Baptista’s jester (The Tempest)
KATHERINE “KATE” MINOLA - Baptista’s eldest daughter (The Taming of the Shrew)
SIR OLIVER DE BOIS - Baptista’s advisor and castellan (As You Like It)
BAPTISTA MINOLA - Wood’s client, a merchant of Padua (The Taming of the Shrew)
BIANCA MINOLA - Baptista’s youngest daughter (The Taming of the Shrew)
EMILIA - Owner of the Green Eyed Monster tavern, former maid with a past  (Othello)
PROTEUS - A down on his luck gentleman of Verona (Two Gentlemen of Verona)
ROMEO MONTAGUE - An eager would-be assistant from Verona (Romeo and Juliet)
BORACHIO - A villainous henchman (Much Ado About Nothing)
MALVOLIO - Baptista’s steward (Twelfth Night)
DOGBERRY - The captain of the local watch, a cop (Much Ado About Nothing)
WITCH 1 - A prophetic crone (Macbeth)
WITCH 2 - Another prophetic crone (Macbeth)
CONRADE - Another henchman (Much Ado About Nothing)
COSTARD - Chairman of the Paduan Fools’ Guild (Love’s Labours Lost)
TOUCHSTONE - A professional fool (As You Like It)
FESTE - Another professional fool (Twelfth Night)
FOOL - Yet another professional fool (King Lear)
TITANIA - An elven queen (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
OBERON - An elven king (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
PETRUCHIO - Katherine’s husband to be (The Taming of the Shrew)

Author
David Belke

David Belke

David Belke is an Edmonton, Alberta based writer who fills many different roles in the theatre world: performer, producer, designer, teacher, award winning playwright. His first full length play was produced for the 1990 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, the largest theatre festival in North America. Since then he has written a new play for each subsequent festival becoming one the ... view full profile

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