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Curst Be He That Moves My Bones - Short Play, Comedy

Curst Be He That Moves My Bones

Thomas Hischak

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Short Play, Comedy

2m, 12f

ISBN: 9780874401646

Who really wrote Shakespeare's plays? Explore the different theories in this fantasy-farce based on history and real people!

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Farce, Period, Docudrama/Historic

30 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, 16th Century / Elizabethan

Settings Of Play - Trinity Church in Stratford-Upon-Avon, a private asylum at Henley-in-Arden, and other locations in the mind of Delia Bacon. 1858.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Youth/Camp Programs

Who really wrote Shakespeare's plays? According to the 19th century literary critic Delia Bacon, just about everybody but the Bard of Avon! Confined to an insane asylum because of her obsession with finding the true authorship of Shakespeare's works, Delia and her fellow inmates enact a series of madcap adventures in which Christopher Marlowe, the Earl of Oxford, Walter Raleigh, some Jesuit priests, a determined nun, and even Queen Bess herself claim to be the true author. A merry farce rooted in historical facts and actual theories. Ideal for drama contests, assemblies, classrooms, or anywhere you can have fun with Shakespeare!

Curst Be He That Moves My Bones was produced by the Dryden Footlighters, Dryden, New York.

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CASTING

2m, 12f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting

CASTING NOTES

Parts for up to 2 men and 12 women.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

DELIA BACON
VICAR OF TRINITY CHURCH
AN ORDERLY AT THE ASYLUM
FEMALE INMATES - 6 to 11 women who play Sir Walter Raleigh, William Stanley, Edmund Spencer, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Three Jesuits, a Nun, Queen Elizabeth, and the Earl of Oxford
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author

Thomas Hischak

Thomas Hischak is an internationally recognized author and teacher in the Performing Arts. He is the author of thirty-three published plays which are performed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia. His playwriting awards include the Stanley Drama Award (New York City) for Cold War Comedy and the Julie Harris Playwriting Award (Beverly Hills, California) for The Cardiff Giant ... view full profile

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