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In Juliet's Garden - Full Length Play, Comedy

In Juliet's Garden

Judith Elliot McDonald

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Full Length Play, Comedy

7f

ISBN: 9780874402964

Juliet Capulet invites four other heroines of Shakespeare's classics (Katharina, Portia, Ophelia and Desdemona) to lunch in her favorite garden in Verona to discuss issues' they all have with their plots. All the ladies have suggestions how these issues might be remedied. Shakespeare has also been invited, but instead sends an envoy, his literary agent and Editor Jacqueline de Boys, who attempts to save the day with the help of Juliet’s Nurse.

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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce

40 minutes

Settings Of Play - Italian garden with center or side opening up steps to suggest a house. A balcony with railing also works. White wicker or iron patio furniture, plants in groups left and right. Preset tray and six glasses. An arbor works for side entrances.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music

Cutting Approved for Competition

Exterior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor

This award-winning one-act comedy is perfect for competition, college, high school and community theater production. With seven female characters (one male optional), and a simple unit set, In Juliet’s Garden can be produced in a wide variety of settings. The show is suitable for round, three-quarter-round and proscenium production. Juliet Capulet invites four other heroines of Shakespeare’s classics (Katharina, Portia, Ophelia and Desdemona) to lunch in her favorite garden in Verona to discuss ‘issues’ they all have with their plots. All the ladies have suggestions how these issues might be remedied. Shakespeare has also been invited, but instead sends an envoy, his literary agent and Editor Jacqueline de Boys, who attempts to save the day with the help of Juliet’s Nurse. This lively fifty-minute one-act comedy sparkles with wit and an in-depth understanding of the characters of these indelible ladies, and their effects on playgoers over the centuries. (Optional ending has a cameo appearance by Shakespeare in the last scene).
In Juliet’s Garden was first produced by the Waterfront Players Repertory Company, North Bend, Oregon, in 2006.
Characters

CASTING

7f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

All Female, Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Features Teens, Local Celebrity Cameo, Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

Plus 1 man optional

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

NURSE - Juliet’s Nurse. She is also the Widow from Taming of the Shrew, and Mistress Quickly from Henry IV Part 1.  Sweet and kindly.
PORTIA – (Merchant of Venice) imperious and self-controlled
KATHARINA – (Taming of the Shrew) rough and ready
JULIET
– (Romeo and Juliet) sweet but spoiled
OPHELIA
– (Hamlet) a basket case
DESDEMONA
– (Othello) always a little confused
JACQUELINE DeBOYS
- name borrowed from Jacque de Boys from As You Like It.  Shakespeare’s editor and literary agent. Has met all the ladies before and has some definite opinions about each one. 
SHAKESPEARE - Optional ending, traditionally dressed

 

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Judith Elliot McDonald

Judith Elliot McDonald

Judith Elliot McDonald was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she studied art and theater. She was transplanted to Oregon many years ago and considers herself an Oregon writer with a ‘back east’ sensibility. Earlier in her career she wrote newspaper and periodical feature articles primarily on travel, the arts and food/restaurant criticism. She continued to work in theater and has been a ... view full profile

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Reviews
Carolyn Agee 1/8/2013 1:10 PM
This play offers a great introduction to the women's issues in Shakespeare's work in a fun and thought provoking form. I highly recommend it for young women!

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