Loves Labours Wonne

by  Don Nigro

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  9m, 5f

Dark and strange, ribald, funny, sad and beautiful, this unique play takes audiences on an inspiring trip deep into William Shakespeare's soul. Late on the stormy night on which he is to retire to the country, Shakespeare staggers drunkenly onto the stage of the Globe Theatre. Longing for quiet, green Stratford yet grieving for the London theatre world that has been his life, he is tortured by memories and hallucinations of his early struggles in the vicious city quagmire.

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Loves Labours Wonne

by  Don Nigro

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Dark and strange, ribald, funny, sad and beautiful, this unique play takes audiences on an inspiring trip deep into William Shakespeare's soul. Late on the stormy night on which he is to retire to the country, Shakespeare staggers drunkenly onto the stage of the Globe Theatre. Longing for quiet, green Stratford yet grieving for the London theatre world that has been his life, he is tortured by memories and hallucinations of his early struggles in the vicious city quagmire. His daughters arise as Miranda and Ariel and join the notorious hack Robert Greene who comes from the dead to accuse him of Marlowe's murder. Queen Elizabeth makes a cameo appearance and people from his life mix with characters from his plays to create a wild hallucinatory investigation into the nightmare of art.
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The stage of the Globe Theatre. Various boxes of clothing, props, scenery litter the stage, out of which the players will in the course of the play first build and then destroy a variety of locations in Stratford and London.
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Folk
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate

Casting

9m, 5f
SHAKESPEARE
BONE / JOHN / POLONIUS
SUSANNA / MIRANDA
ARIEL/ JUDITH
ANNE
LADY
SEXTON / GREENE
RICHARD III / MARLOWE / BROTHER RICHARD
MUNDAY / PREACHER / BEGGAR
BURBAGE / DOCTOR / POLEY
ALLEYN / FRIZER
HENSLOWE / FOOL
MARY / MRS. ISAM / QUEEN ELIZABETH
CHETTLE / FALSTAFF / SKERES
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

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All necessary music materials can be found at the back of the acting edition. 

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Authors

Don Nigro

Don Nigro is among the most frequently published and widely produced playwrights in the world and has continued to build a deeply interrelated and diverse body of dramatic literature, employing a wide variety of dramatic conventions and styles of presentation. He has written monologues and epics, spare realistic dramas ...

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First produced in 1981 at Indiana University in Bloomington and the Berkeley Stage Company, directed by Leigh Woods.

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