The Beard of Avon
by Amy Freed
Full Length Play, Comedy / 8m, 2f
This delicious and witty farce fashions the longstanding debate over who really penned the Bard's cannon into a merry look at the mortality of artists and the immortality of their legacy.
- WINNER! 2002 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award, Outstanding New Play
"[A] sparkling academic comedy...Highbrow art served up as lowgrade fun." - Variety, Read More
"You don't have to be a Shakespeare aficionado to appreciate [this] satisfying...shrewd and ambitious [play]...Big ideas...are delivered with a genuine awe and delight at the genius in [Shakespeare's] 37 plays, whoever is responsible." - The New York Times, Read More
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan
- Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: Stratford-upon-Avon and London
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
WILLIAM SHAKSPERE - A lad of Stratford. In his early thirties, mostly. Simple, honest, very appealing fellow. Possessor of hidden gifts.
EDWARD DE VERE - 17th Earl of Oxford. In his forties. Wicked, charming, sexy, brilliant. A closet writer.
ELIZABETH - Queen of England. Between forty and sixty. A sacred monster. Wants a boyfriend.
ANNE HATHAWAY - Shakespeare's wife. Lively, illiterate, promiscuous.
*HENRY WRIOTHESLEY - 20's. Young and beautiful. Third Earl of Southhampton. Edward de Vere's lover.
*OLD COLIN - An ancient shepherd, and Shakespeare's friend.
*JOHN HEMINGE - Manager of an acting company.
*HENRY CONDELL - Heminge's partner.
*GEOFFREY DUNDERBREAD - A boy player.
*RICHARD BURBAGE - A leading man.
*Actors in these parts also double or triple in the folowing roles:
Members of Elizabeth's Court
EARL OF DARBY
WALTER FITCH - a playwright
MINSTREL WITH A BEAUTIFUL VOICE
- Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
The Beard of Avon premiered at South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, CA in November of 2001 under the direction of David Emmes.