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While Shakespeare Slept - Short Play, Comedy

While Shakespeare Slept

Tim Kelly

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Short Play, Comedy

1m, 9f

ISBN: 9780874404753

William Shakespeare, a budding playwright, decides to give up his career and settle down to a good, steady job as a stable hand. His employer, Mistress Ford, assures him he's made a wise move, but young Will isn't so sure. Sleep at the inn proves a nightmare. His dreams are continually disturbed by t…

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Short Play

Comedy

William Shakespeare, a budding playwright, decides to give up his career and settle down to a good, steady job as a stable hand. His employer, Mistress Ford, assures him he's made a wise move, but young Will isn't so sure. Sleep at the inn proves a nightmare. His dreams are continually disturbed by the heroines from his unwritten plays, each demanding a right to exist: Juliet, Rosalind, Lady Macbeth, Kate, and Cleopatra. In time, Will is convinced that no life but that of a writer is for him. The innkeeper, unimpressed, writes him off: That William Shakespeare...he'll never amount to much.
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Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly

Kelly was born in Saugus, Massachusetts on October 2, 1932. He graduated from Emerson College with a bachelor's degree and received a masters degree in play-writing from Yale University. His first stage play was Widow's Walk, published in the 1960s. At the same time, three of his plays opened: A Darker Flower at New York's Pocket Theatre, The Trunk and All That Jazz at Boston's Image Theatre, and ... view full profile

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Angela Wilson 4/27/2016 10:05 PM
Almost every line in this short play references something from one of Shakespeare's plays. The more familiar you are with Shakespeare, the richer this play and the characters become. My high schoolers just performed this and loved it. Tim Kelly did a great job with this one. My only regret is that the play is so short (under 30 minutes). I wish he would have made it twice as long. However, he does have a play "The Second Best Bed" which deals with what happens with Shakespeare's will after he dies.  It is also very short, but these two plays together would make nice companion pieces.

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