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Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark - Short Play, Comedy

Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark

William Shakespeare, Joseph Wallace

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Short Play, Comedy

11m, 5f

ISBN: 9780874405934

Based on Hamlet by William Shakespeare (albeit loosely).
The Bard's most famous work is converted into a farce so hysterical, you'll never read the classic the same way again.

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$7.95
: Acting Edition

Minimum Fee: $45 per performance


Description

Short Play

Comedy

Farce

40 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, 16th Century / Elizabethan, 15th Century

Settings Of Play - Interior of a castle.  Sorta.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Mime, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music, Puppetry, Stage Combat, Special Effects, Multimedia

Interior Set, Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Elementary School / Primary, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

At the dress rehearsal for Hamlet, young Tom is utterly exhausted from playing the title character. He closes his eyes for just a minute and opens the audiences’ to a version of
the Bard’s masterpiece never before imagined. Uncle/Father Claudius can’t seem to remember anyone’s name and Hamlet’s dead-butbiological father exhibits multiple personalities reminiscent of other famous literary phantoms. From the mysterious council of rabbits (or “rabbi”) to Hamlet covering up Polonius’ death with ventriloquism, this comedy is sure to be a hit with the whole family!

Characters

CASTING

11m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Cross gender casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Features Teens, Flexible casting, Roles for Children, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

ALL roles flexible as to gender, in partucular, and possibilities for doubling/tripling.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author(s)

Joseph Wallace

Joseph Wallace has been writing and directing plays for more than thirty years.  In addition, he has been a teacher of English and theatre for more than 25 years.  His titles with us include: Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark (one-act and musical versions) ; Hush Little Celia, Don't Say a Word; A Wild Boor (farcical adaptation of The Boor); and The Tempest  ... view full profile

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Reviews
joseph wallace 7/25/2013 9:14 AM
I wrote this play when I was in high school, as a way to better understand plays.  The humor is silly.  it was never meant to win a Pulitzer.  It was meant  to be fun theater.  I now teach English and theatre, and still recommend the play, both as a teaching vehicle, and a satire.

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