Imogen Says Nothing

by  Aditi Brennan Kapil

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  7m, 2f

A feminist hijacking of Shakespeare that investigates the voices that have been absented from our canon, and the consequences of cutting them.

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Imogen Says Nothing

by  Aditi Brennan Kapil

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Shakespeare), Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

A revisionist comedy in verse and prose featuring Imogen, a character who only appears in the first folio of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, speaks no lines, and is probably a typo. A feminist hijacking of Shakespeare that investigates the voices that have been absented from our canon, and the consequences of cutting them.
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Reviews

REVIEWS 

"The playwright has spun bits of Elizabethan trivia into a profound meditation on women in society, gender roles in general, persecution, creativity, posterity and the nature of theater itself." - Hartford Courant 

"Imogen Says Nothing is beautifully conceived, written and executed." - New Haven Register 

"This is not just about women who have been left out of the canon. Nor is it just a poetic rebuttal to the overwhelming male-ness of Western history. It’s also about the whitewashing on feminism and the LGBT movement." - New Haven Independent 

Videos

  • Yale Rep Cast discuss who is Imogen
  • Aditi Kapil on the impetus for Imogen Says Nothing
  • Reviews for Imogen Says Nothing
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Duration: 105 Minutes
  • Setting: London, various dates and locations from 1598 to 1623
  • Additional Features: Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

7m, 2f

IMOGEN - a Bear passing as a human.

HUMANS (also play...)
JOHN HEMMINGES - an actor (Leonato)
HENRY CONDELL - an actor (Don John/Antigonus)
ALEXANDER COOKE - an actor (Beatrice)
NICHOLAS TOOLEY - an actor (Hero)
RICHARD BURBAGE - an actor (Don Pedro)
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE - actor & playwright (Messenger/Friar) double cast with Warden
CRIER - Owns Bears (Conrade, Benedick) double cast with Isaac
ANNA ROOS - Queen Anne's Danish maid

BEARS (double cast with humans...)
BEAR ON ICE - an escaped Bear (Anna)
HARRY HUNKS - The Blind Elder (Richard)
NED WHITING - The Noble Beast (John)

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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Multicultural casting

Casting Notes

Please practice subversive, historically inaccurate, casting.

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Authors

Aditi Brennan Kapil

ADITI BRENNAN KAPIL is a writer, actress, and director, of Bulgarian and Indian descent. She was raised in Sweden, resides in Minneapolis, MN, and her work is produced nationally and internationally to critical acclaim. Her play Love Person, a four-part love story in Sanskrit, ASL and English, was developed during a ...

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Imogen Says Nothing premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in new Haven, CT in January 2017 under the direction of Laurie Woolery.

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