Curst Be He That Moves My Bones

by  Thomas Hischak

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 12f

Who really wrote Shakespeare's plays? Explore the different theories in this fantasy-farce based on history and real people!

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Curst Be He That Moves My Bones

by  Thomas Hischak

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 12f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Period, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Who really wrote Shakespeare's plays? According to the 19th century literary critic Delia Bacon, just about everybody but the Bard of Avon! Confined to an insane asylum because of her obsession with finding the true authorship of Shakespeare's works, Delia and her fellow inmates enact a series of madcap adventures in which Christopher Marlowe, the Earl of Oxford, Walter Raleigh, some Jesuit priests, a determined nun, and even Queen Bess herself claim to be the true author. A merry farce rooted in historical facts and actual theories. Ideal for drama contests, assemblies, classrooms, or anywhere you can have fun with Shakespeare!

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Youth/Camp Programs

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $55 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 16th Century / Elizabethan
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: Trinity Church in Stratford-Upon-Avon, a private asylum at Henley-in-Arden, and other locations in the mind of Delia Bacon. 1858.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes, 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

2m, 12f
DELIA BACON
VICAR OF TRINITY CHURCH
AN ORDERLY AT THE ASYLUM
FEMALE INMATES - 6 to 11 women who play Sir Walter Raleigh, William Stanley, Edmund Spencer, William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, Three Jesuits, a Nun, Queen Elizabeth, and the Earl of Oxford
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting

Casting Notes

Parts for up to 2 men and 12 women.

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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 over forty 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 Jul ...

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Curst Be He That Moves My Bones was produced by the Dryden Footlighters, Dryden, New York.

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