In Juliet's Garden

by  Judith Elliot McDonald

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  7f

Juliet Capulet invites four other heroines of Shakespeare's classics (Katharina, Portia, Ophelia and Desdemona) to lunch in her favorite garden in Verona to discuss issues' they all have with their plots. All the ladies have suggestions how these issues might be remedied. Shakespeare has also been invited, but instead sends an envoy, his literary agent and Editor Jacqueline de Boys, who attempts to save the day with the help of Juliet’s Nurse.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This award-winning one-act comedy is perfect for competition, college, high school and community theater production. With seven female characters (one male optional), and a simple unit set, In Juliet’s Garden can be produced in a wide variety of settings. The show is suitable for round, three-quarter-round and proscenium production. Juliet Capulet invites four other heroines of Shakespeare’s classics (Katharina, Portia, Ophelia and Desdemona) to lunch in her favorite garden in Verona to discuss ‘issues’ they all have with their plots. All the ladies have suggestions how these issues might be remedied. Shakespeare has also been invited, but instead sends an envoy, his literary agent and Editor Jacqueline de Boys, who attempts to save the day with the help of Juliet’s Nurse. This lively fifty-minute one-act comedy sparkles with wit and an in-depth understanding of the characters of these indelible ladies, and their effects on playgoers over the centuries. (Optional ending has a cameo appearance by Shakespeare in the last scene).
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: Italian garden with center or side opening up steps to suggest a house. A balcony with railing also works. White wicker or iron patio furniture, plants in groups left and right. Preset tray and six glasses. An arbor works for side entrances.
  • Additional Features: Local Celebrity Cameo, No intermission, Physical Comedy, Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: 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

7f

NURSE - Juliet’s Nurse. She is also the Widow from Taming of the Shrew, and Mistress Quickly from Henry IV Part 1.  Sweet and kindly.
PORTIA – (Merchant of Venice) imperious and self-controlled
KATHARINA – (Taming of the Shrew) rough and ready
JULIET
– (Romeo and Juliet) sweet but spoiled
OPHELIA
– (Hamlet) a basket case
DESDEMONA
– (Othello) always a little confused
JACQUELINE DeBOYS
- name borrowed from Jacque de Boys from As You Like It.  Shakespeare’s editor and literary agent. Has met all the ladies before and has some definite opinions about each one. 
SHAKESPEARE - Optional ending, traditionally dressed

 

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Cast Attributes

  • All Female
  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Expandable casting
  • Features Teens
  • Local Celebrity Cameo
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

Plus 1 man optional

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

All necessary music materials can be found at the back of the acting edition. 

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Authors

Judith Elliot McDonald

Judith Elliot McDonald was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she studied art and theater. She was transplanted to Oregon many years ago and considers herself an Oregon writer with a ‘back east’ sensibility. Earlier in her career she wrote newspaper and periodical feature articles primarily on travel, the arts an ...

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In Juliet’s Garden was first produced by the Waterfront Players Repertory Company, North Bend, Oregon, in 2006.

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