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Maltese Bodkin, The - Full Length Play, Comedy

Maltese Bodkin, The

David Belke

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573652455

"Ingenious and entertaining." - Edmonton Sun

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Adaptations (Shakespeare), Mystery/Thriller, Period, Parody / Spoof

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1940s / WWII, 1930s, 16th Century / Elizabethan

Settings Of Play - In the office of private investigator Birnam Wood as well as various locations around Jacobean London including the Boar's Head Tavern, the market at St. Paul's, the graveyard of St, Mark's, a cell and a dark and mysterious place.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Stage Combat, Special Effects

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

A comedy mystery with a Shakespearean twist. Times were tough for hard boiled detective Birnam Wood. He never asked to be in London. Especially in 1605. When his partner is murdered, Wood has to find the killer amid a vast cast of suspects that includes (among others) Viola, Richard III, Falstaff, Iago, Mercutio and a merchant from Venice. But the real solution to the mystery seems to be in discovering the secret behind a mysterious dagger known as the Maltese Bodkin. The worlds of detective fiction and Shakespeare collide in this "who hath done it".
"Ingenious and entertaining." - Edmonton Sun
THE MALTESE BODKIN was originally produced by The ACME Theatre Company at the 1991 Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival, directed by Patti Stiles.
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CASTING

4m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

Although this play can be performed with casting each character with an individual actor, it was written to be performed by six actors. In this case the only characters exclusively played by a single actor are Wood and Viola. The rest of the casting broke down this way:

Actor 1: Antonio, Mercutio, Puck, Richard, Rosencrantz
Actor 2: Charlotte, Quickly
Actor 3: Iago, Ratcliffe, Donalbain, Guildenstern, Sebastian
Actor 4: Falstaff, Catesby, Fang, Prospero

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

BIRNAM WOOD - a private investigator.
CHARLOTTE - Wood’s receptionist and secretary.
ANTONIO - a merchant of Venice.
VIOLA da MESSALINE - a mysterious client.
IAGO - a sword for hire and villain.
MISTRESS NELL QUICKLY - proprietress of the Boar’s Head Tavern.
SIR JOHN FALSTAFF - rogue, wit and information source.
MERCUTIO OF VERONA - a man on a quest.
SIR RICHARD RATCLIFFE - a thug.
SIR WILLIAM CATESBY - a dangerous thug.
PUCK - a fairy trickster.
DONALBAIN - former prince of Scotland.
SERGEANT FANG - a constable.
PROSPERO - Duke of Milan and sorcerer.
RICHARD DUKE OF GLOUCESTER - an evil mastermind.
ROSENCRANTZ and GUILDENSTERN - Danes in danger.
SEBASTIAN - a missing person.
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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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