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Imogen Says Nothing - Full Length Play, Comedy

Imogen Says Nothing

Aditi Brennan Kapil

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Full Length Play, Comedy

7m, 2f

ISBN: PMS0000000284

A feminist hijacking of Shakespeare that investigates the voices that have been absented from our canon, and the consequences of cutting them.

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Adaptations (Shakespeare), Period

105 Minutes

Time Period - 16th Century / Elizabethan

Settings Of Play - London, various dates and locations from 1598 to 1623

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre

A revisionist comedy in verse and prose featuring Imogen, a character who only appears in the first folio of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, speaks no lines, and is probably a typo. A feminist hijacking of Shakespeare that investigates the voices that have been absented from our canon, and the consequences of cutting them.

REVIEWS 

"The playwright has spun bits of Elizabethan trivia into a profound meditation on women in society, gender roles in general, persecution, creativity, posterity and the nature of theater itself." - Hartford Courant 

"Imogen Says Nothing is beautifully conceived, written and executed." - New Haven Register 

"This is not just about women who have been left out of the canon. Nor is it just a poetic rebuttal to the overwhelming male-ness of Western history. It’s also about the whitewashing on feminism and the LGBT movement." - New Haven Independent 


Imogen Says Nothing premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in new Haven, CT in January 2017 under the direction of Laurie Woolery.

Characters

CASTING

7m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Multicultural casting

CASTING NOTES

Please practice subversive, historically inaccurate, casting.

IMOGEN - a Bear passing as a human.

HUMANS (also play...)
JOHN HEMMINGES - an actor (Leonato)
HENRY CONDELL - an actor (Don John/Antigonus)
ALEXANDER COOKE - an actor (Beatrice)
NICHOLAS TOOLEY - an actor (Hero)
RICHARD BURBAGE - an actor (Don Pedro)
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE - actor & playwright (Messenger/Friar) double cast with Warden
CRIER - Owns Bears (Conrade, Benedick) double cast with Isaac
ANNA ROOS - Queen Anne's Danish maid

BEARS (double cast with humans...)
BEAR ON ICE - an escaped Bear (Anna)
HARRY HUNKS - The Blind Elder (Richard)
NED WHITING - The Noble Beast (John)

Videos
  • Yale Rep Cast discuss who is Imogen

  • Aditi Kapil on the impetus for Imogen Says Nothing

  • Reviews for Imogen Says Nothing

Author
Aditi Brennan  Kapil

Aditi Brennan Kapil

ADITI BRENNAN KAPIL is a writer, actress, and director, of Bulgarian and Indian descent. She was raised in Sweden, resides in Minneapolis, MN, and her work is produced nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. Her play Love Person, a four-part love story in Sanskrit, ASL and English, was developed during a Many Voices residency at the Playwrights' Center, work-shopped at the Lark Play ... view full profile

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