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Shakespeare in Hollywood (Ludwig) - Full Length Play, Comedy

Shakespeare in Hollywood (Ludwig)

Ken Ludwig

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Full Length Play, Comedy

8m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573633423

"Will charm your socks off" - Terry Teachout, The Wall Street Journal
"A fast, funny, entertaining night!" - Arch Campbell, NBC-4
It's 1934, and Shakespeare's most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically materialized on the Warner Bros. Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Instantly smitten by the glitz and glamour of show biz, the two are ushered onto the silver screen to play (who else?) themselves.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce, Adaptations (Shakespeare), Period, Romantic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - Hollywood, 1934, on the set of the Warner Bros. film of Max Reinhardt's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Local Celebrity Cameo, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat, Special Effects

UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Outdoor, Large Stage

Winner! of the 2004 Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play
It's 1934, and Shakespeare's most famous fairies, Oberon and Puck, have magically materialized on the Warner Bros. Hollywood set of Max Reinhardt's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Instantly smitten by the glitz and glamour of show biz, the two are ushered onto the silver screen to play (who else?) themselves. With a little help from a feisty flower, blonde bombshells, movie moguls, and arrogant "asses" are tossed into loopy love triangles, with raucous results. The mischievous magic of moviedom sparkles in this hilarious comic romp.

"Shakespeare in Hollywood will charm your socks off. It left me smiling in my Amtrak aisle seat all the way home to New York." - The Wall Street Journal

"Shakespeare in Hollywood is so deliciously inventive, you'd swear Ludwig and the Bard were in cahoots. At once poignant and funny, literary and farcical, sophisticated and silly, political and fanciful, high-brow and low-brow… a delight!" - The Baltimore Sun

"Lights, camera, action - there's plenty of it in Ken Ludwig's fantastical farce … Ludwig has constructed an amazingly dense and layered romp [and] clearly had a ball fusing Shakespearean diction with the wisecracking verbal jousting that characterized pre-World War II comedies." - The Boston Globe

"A fast, funny, entertaining night." - NBC 4

"Mischief, mayhem and laughter abound as the Good Theater tackles this farcical notion in Ken Ludwig's devilishly funny play Shakespeare in Hollywood.... There's never a dull moment in this fun-filled piece." - The Portland Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

"Wit Makes a Hit!" -The Advocate, Baton Rouge, LA

Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare in Hollywood had its world premier in 2003 at Arena Stage and won the Helen Hayes award for Best New Play of the Year.

Characters

CASTING

8m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Local Celebrity Cameo, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CHORUS SIZE

Large

OBERON
PUCK
JACK WARNER
MAX REINHARDT
WILL HAYS
DARYL
OLIVIA DARNELL
LYDIA LANSING
LOUELLA PARSONS
DICK POWELL
JIMMY CAGNEY
JOE E. BROWN
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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Author
Ken Ludwig

Ken Ludwig

KEN LUDWIG has had 6 shows on Broadway and 7 in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me A Tenor, which the Washington Post called "one of the classic comedies of the 20th century,” won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards (England’s ... view full profile

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Stephen Schrum 5/18/2016 12:24 PM
I read this play and decided on it over Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo. Moon is consistently farcical throughout, while Shakespeare in Hollywood seems to take most of Act One to hit its comedic stride. However, Act Two is incredibly fast-paced, funny, and--at the very end--quite moving. It also has a larger cast and allows for more varied casting, and will be a good choice for my company.
Jonathan Robertson 10/22/2013 12:36 PM
     Lots of great humor.  Historical basis. The perfect sprinkle of Shakespeare.   The play within the play.  A wonderful blend of the film world and the stage.  This play makes playing Puck and Oberon even more fun than the original Midsummer Night's Dream.  Ken Ludwig makes Shakespeare relevant to modern audiences and yet retains Shakespeare's humor and intent.  
    One of my three favorite Ludwig masterpieces:  Moon Over Buffalo, Leading Ladies, and Shakespeare in Hollywood.  I have produced all three for Texas UIL competition and taken two of them to the state contest.  Hilarious stuff.  Well written.  Thank you Ken.
Lu Ann Fillpot 10/10/2013 11:39 AM
Fast paced, funny, keeps you interested from beginning to end!  Recently watched this play at WTAMU and now considering for HS OAP.  Ken Ludwig is a genius!

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