The Swine of Avon

by  Thomas Hischak

Short Play, Comedy  /  12m or f

Here is the story of Shakespeare and his plays as told by pigs! Blasphemy? More a delightful farce with a large, flexible cast. And the play actually sheds light on the famous Swan of Avon. This action-packed comedy is filled with puns, satire, silliness, and even brief scenes from Shakespeare given a new porcine twist!

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The Swine of Avon

by  Thomas Hischak

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    12m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Adaptations (Shakespeare), Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Here is the story of Shankspeare - author of such theatre classics as Loins Labors Lost, King Porkrind the Third, A Midsummer Night's Pig Roast and MacBoar, and the creator of such unforgettable characters as Julius Razorback, Brute Chops, Katherina Pigiron, Swineo and Drooliet, and Hamhock, Prince of Denmark - as told by pigs! Blasphemy? More like a delightful farce with a large, flexible cast. And the play actually sheds light on the famous Swan of Avon. We follow Shankspeare from a humble birth in Fatsford-on-Avon, to fame in the city of Loin-don, and ending with the monument in Westhamster Abbey. This action-packed comedy is filled with puns, satire, silliness, and even brief scenes from Shakespeare given a new porcine twist!
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Youth/Camp Programs

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day, 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting:

    A bare stage with props works best.

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

12m or f

PIGSKIN and PIGSTY - two tour guides.
SHANKSPEARE - the greatest playwright in all of Swinedom.
MAMA - Shankspeare's mother.
BOARBAGE - a famous actor and manager of the Glob Playhouse.
SWILL KEMP - a comic actor.
GOOD QUEEN BLT - the First, reigning monarch of Swinedom.
SIR FRANKFURT BACON - a scientist and scholar.
A SPY, STRANGER, PUBLISHER, PIGLETS, TOURISTS, ACTORS THEATREGOERS, and STUDENTS

The same actors play the following characters from Shankspeare's plays
DON ARMADILLO - a Spanish nobleman
MOUTH - a youth
KING PORKRIND THE THIRD - a villainous swine
PORKCHOPIO - an Italian ruffian
KATERINA PIGIRON - a shrew.
PORKERON - king of the fairies.
CANADIAN BACON - queen of the fairies.
PICKLED-PIG'S-FEET - a mischevious spirit.
HOGWILD - a union foreman.
PETER CURLTYAIL - a union worker.
JULIOUS RAZORBACK - a Roman general.
BRUTE CHOPS - a Roman nobleman.
MACBOAR - thane of Scotland.
LADY MACBOAR - his wife.
HAMHOCK - Prince of Denmark.
BURPTRUDE - Queen of Denmark.
BALONEYUS - a courtier.
SWINEO and DROOLIET - two young lovers.
PORCINO - a wizard.

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

Parts for up to 24 actors. All roles can be played by male or female actors. Doubling indicated in script.

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Authors

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 J ...

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