Synopsis

A True and Impartial Account of the Bickerstaff Affair

Thomas Cole

Published by Cyberpress

3 Male 2 Female

Subtitled Selections from the Works of Jonathan Swift Adapted for the Stage, this one-act comedy tells the true story of Jonathan Swift’s dealings with John Partridge, who published in London a yearly almanac that contained attacks on the clergy

Swift, who was Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in Dublin, Ireland, retaliated by publishing for the year 1708 an almanac by a fictitious character named Isaac Bickerstaff, who predicted that Partridge would die on the 29th of March 1708 “about Eleven at Night, of a raging Feaver”

Swift followed up by publishing a fake news report of Partridge’s death and elegies on Partridge in the newspapers

Partridge protested everywhere that he was still alive

But Bickerstaff continued to refuted his assertions ...

CAST: M3, F1 + 1 M/F

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