William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead
Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 8m, 2f, 1boy(s), 8m or f
"John Heimbuch's script is witty, clever, peppered with self-referential humor and wonderful wordplay on some of the Bard's best lines." -Brian Leehan, Minneapolis Star TribuneIf there's one show that deserves to be resurrected after th…
London, 1599. Shakespeare’s Henry V opens the Globe Playhouse, but while the actors strut and fret, an excess of bile plagues the populace outside.
After the opening of his newest play, William Shakespeare must once again defend his work – fending off the embittered clown Will Kemp while trying to appease Francis Bacon, a wealthy lawyer who has come with an idea to pitch. But when the company’s costumer is bitten by a plague-ridden madman, and the Queen and her men arrive seeking safety, life in the playhouse takes a turn for the worse.
As the affliction spreads through London, the Globe is placed in quarantine and the survivors within must fight for their lives. Can they escape? Is there a cure? Is artistic integrity ever worth dying for?
A true and accurate account of the Elizabethan zombie plague.
"John Heimbuch's script is witty, clever, peppered with self-referential humor and wonderful wordplay on some of the Bard's best lines." -Brian Leehan, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"brilliant and hilarious zombies-meet-Shakespeare epic ... If you know Shakespeare, you'll be roaring as the show lampoons everything about the Bard and ludicrously reuses famous lines while the heroes battle invading zombies ... MUST SEE." - Renee Valois, Saint Paul Pioneer Press
"Both Shakespeare and horror nerds will enjoy this brilliant Elizabethan production of bloody proportions, taking zombies into new and exciting terrain." - Ben Smith, Fangoria Magazine
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
- Time Period: 16th Century / Elizabethan
- Duration: 90 minutes
Summer 1599. Southwark, England. In the tiring house of the newly built Globe Playhouse.
- Additional Features: Stage Combat
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
Casting8m, 2f, 1boy(s), 8m or f
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (35) - Player, playwright, company member
RICHARD BURBAGE (31) - Player and theatre manager
WILL KEMP (40s) - Player, clown, and Morris dancer
JOHN RICE (teens) - An apprentice player
KATE BRAITHWAITE (30s) - The attiring woman
JOHN SINKLO (30s) - A hired player
FRANCIS BACON (38) - Lawyer, courier, philosopher
SIR ROBERT CECIL (36) - The Queen’s spymaster
QUEEN ELIZABETH (65) - The Queen of England
DOCTOR JOHN DEE (71) - An astrologer and mathematician
SOLDIER 1 - A recruiting officer
SOLDIER 2 - A soldier of the Queen’s guard
- Expandable casting
- Room for Extras
Originally produced in 2008 at the Rarig Thrust Stage in Minneapolis by Walking Shadow Theatre Company.