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Becoming Shakespeare

By: Charlie Lovett

Age Level: Middle Grades to College
Cast: 10F, 9M, 7 M or F
Time: About 45 minutes, 1 act

How did young Shakespeare become a playwright? This play answers that question in the funniest way possible. His professor sends the arrogant young boy with his classmates to do summer theatre at the Ball and Chain Inn in Shottery. But Will doesn’t want to write a play for these losers. He claims to have invented the words dwindle, lonely, pious, dog, and Wikipedia. The student actors don’t like his crazy ideas about a Henry VI trilogy, Julius Caesar, or star-crossed lovers. They want dancing and juggling, or a girl and dog swept away by a tornado. Will is rude, but Anne Hathaway falls for his love poetry and schemes to tame him into marriage. Then Will writes a play about it that’s seen by an agent who invites him and his troupe to London. And the rest is history. Will reveals that his observations of the people at the inn taught him human nature and how to write about it. A fun and entertaining way to introduce Shakespeare to student actors and audiences. Classic quips and quotes throughout the play. Easy to stage with only two sets.

For the Becoming Shakespeare study guide click here.

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