From Shakespeare with Love? is published by YouthPLAYS. Click the above button to open a new window and order a perusal copy or performance rights.
About The Play
Comedy. 2-8 males, 2-6 females (4-14 performers possible). Suitable for middle school and older.
Commissioned and premiered by the Walnut Street Outreach Program as a touring show. Among the comments from their tour:
"A delightful romp . . . It provided [our students] with enough content to make them want to further explore the literature depicted in the play."
"Excellent, very funny."
"Each Spring, we do a Shakespeare play for the Chester County Shakespeare Festival . . . your wonderful [From Shakespeare with Love?] is an inspiration for the students."
Four of the Bard’s characters wait for an overdue flight to London. When Romeo reveals that he plans to revenge himself upon Shakespeare, who he blames for ruining his life, by killing him in a duel. The others—Titania, Viola and Antipholus—try to save Shakespeare by convincing Romeo that Shakespeare “does indeed love love.” To do so, they recall scenes (excerpts from the actual Shakespearean plays) that show Shakespeare’s playful side. Titania, for example, falls in love with Bottom (who wears the donkey head) after Oberon, her estranged husband, enchants her. Antipholus shows Romeo the confusion that occurs when he is mistaken for his twin brother—by his brother’s wife. Viola dressed as a man, must carry a Duke’s message of love to another woman—even though Viola has fallen in love with the Duke herself. But are the scenes having the desired effect on Romeo or making things worse? Will it be all's well that ends well, or is Romeo headed for more tragedy?
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