A Danish Soap, or The Danes of Our Lives

by  Peter Filichia

Short Play, Comedy  /  7m, 6f

Wishing to regain his popularity, Shakespeare turns to the StarKeeper for permission to return to earth in order to make a box office smash out of his most popular hit Hamlet, as a soap opera! Why not? It already has everything -- a slew of murders, love affairs, familial conniving. So with high flying fun, playwright Filichia unfolds the dreadful tale of Hamlet's woes in the manner of the ever-popular soaps as seen on daytime television.

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A Danish Soap, or The Danes of Our Lives

by  Peter Filichia

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A Danish Soap, or The Danes of Our Lives

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    7m, 6f
  • SubGenre

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    Parody / Spoof

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Wishing to regain his popularity, Shakespeare turns to the StarKeeper for permission to return to earth in order to make a box office smash out of his most popular hit Hamlet, as a soap opera! Why not? It already has everything -- a slew of murders, love affairs, familial conniving. So with high flying fun, playwright Filichia unfolds the dreadful tale of Hamlet's woes in the manner of the ever-popular soaps as seen on daytime television.

Included in this hilarious spoof are many of the classic characters but with wacky twists: Rosa Krantz and Gilda Stern as real estate agents, Polonius as a cliche writer for television commercials. And delightful plot alterations: Hamlet visiting a psychoanalyst, the Players' scene as a late night movie - The Guilt of Gonzago's Murders. This delightfully zany comedy has won local and regional competitions and will prove popular not only for production, but for classroom reading as well.

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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

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  • Setting: Heaven

Casting

7m, 6f

The Starkeeper
William Shakespeare
Gertrude
Miss Cirso
Hamlet
Claudius
Ophelia
Polonius
Rosa Krantz
Gilda Stern
Lola La Sueur
Brad Simyan
The Undertaker

Plus, if you will, an organist and various personages to perform a variety of chores.

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