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.
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.
- Minimum Fee: $45 per performance
- Setting: Heaven
Lola La Sueur
Plus, if you will, an organist and various personages to perform a variety of chores.