Synopsis

Shakespeare in Mind

Shakespeare in Mind $9.99

Michael Bigelow Dixon - Editor

Published by Dramatic Publishing

Large Mixed Cast
Haunting and hilarious, Shakespeare in Mind takes a strange and wondrous trip through a dozen "post-modern Elizabethan" plays, poems and songs

Motifs of fear and murder, love and death, dreams and destiny weave in and out of our modern minds that Shakespeare now inhabits

And just like Will's own plays, this dynamic production interweaves comedy, romance, song and tragedy as it presents contemporary characters interacting with Macbeth and Duncan, Juliet and Titus Andronicus, Othello and Desdemona, and 20 other classic characters

The production opens with Elizabeth Wong's Shakespeare's Brainscan, which uses the many murders in Titus Andronicus to demonstrate how our brains respond to fear and horror

Brooke Jennett and Mollie LaFavers offer a contemporary romance that recalls the lyrical love of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers

Richard Dresser's Tomorrow & Tomorrow & Tomorrow & Today updates the violence in Macbeth for today's bloodthirsty audiences

Spit Spat Spite Splendor by Ginna Hoben pushes six pairs of Shakespeare's famous lovers down a slippery slope from ecstasy to enmity, ending with a ferocious food fight

All accompanied by a romantic ballad written by Janet Allard and composed by Niko Tsakalakos

Poet Jeremy Paden illuminates the tragedy of Othello by placing it in the context of seafaring explorers of the 16th century

And Jon Jory questions the cause of recent wars by riffing on Juliet's famous soliloquy,"What's in a name?"

All this and more is channel-surfed by a trio of characters who discuss the relevance of Hamlet while comparing it to Game of Thrones in Valerie Smith's Gogglebox Hamlet

Iago's motives and methods are lampooned in Dean Staley's wacky Iago on the Bus

And a woman confesses to all the murders in Shakespeare's plays in Justin Wright's unnerving monologue Chivalry

Another woman can't escape the threats of her husband, who thinks he's Othello and she's Desdemona until she turns the tables by reimagining herself as Lady Macbeth!

And Constance Congdon places it all in perspective through a series of conversations between a young Will Shakespeare and the ghost of Christopher Marlowe

Together these works celebrate and reimagine the theatrical universe of the Bard for a technology-driven 21st-century audience

Simple set - runs about 75 minutes.

CAST
10 - 50 M or F

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