Overview


Synopsis

In 1605, Robert Cecil, prime minister to King James I of England, commissions William Shagspeare (Cain's spelling of Shakespeare) to write a play about the recent Gunpowder Plot -- an attempt to blow up the king and his court. The king simply requests that "Shag" add some flattering dialogue -- and witches -- to the plot. During the course of Bill Cain's play, Shagspeare and his company grapple with issues of artistry, politics, morality and -- perhaps most importantly -- life and death. If Shag accepts the commission, and the play inadvertently offends the king, both playwright and players could lose their heads. Shag must decide to what degree he is willing to equivocate about the truth, and how he can serve his king and still maintain his integrity, as an artist. This is a witty and poignant ensemble piece in which six actors play well over a dozen roles, some of which include snippets of Shakespeare's other plays-in-progress (one of which becomes the famous Macbeth.)


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Female

Supporting

Spoken

Male

Supporting

Spoken



Show Information

Book:
Category
Play
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
2009
Genres
Drama, Dark Comedy, Historical/Biographical
Time & Place
london, england, 1605
Cast Size
small
Ideal For
ensemble cast
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, young adult characters

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