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Shreds and Patches

by Robert Wing

A re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

 About 35 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks


 8
4 M | 2 W | 2 Any Gender


Simple set


 26 pages

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In addition to traditional live stage performance rights, Shreds and Patches can also be performed under the following scenarios.

Virtual Performance

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No audience is physically present with the performers. The audience is logged in to the same web conferencing platform as the performers.

Each time the play is performed for a virtual audience of any size (whether or not admission is charged) constitutes one performance.

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Shreds and Patches is a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The location is a “wellness facility” for disturbed teens. Dane, our anti-hero, confronts his bullying step-father and self-centered mother with the help of his fellow patients and Dr. Osric. Will Dane be able to get through to his mother about “the king of shreds and patches” or will he be left in the dark?

The play fuses Shakespearean speech with modern dialogue, reinforcing the notion that the teens and adults speak different languages. An excellent easy-to-stage competition piece!


Characters

 8
4 Men, 2 Women, 2 Any Gender

MR. KING [M]
aka Claude. A bully, through and through. He takes what he wants.
DR. OSRIC [A]
Possesses a special relationship with her/his patients; still young, she/he has complete faith in her/his patients—and pride in how well they have worked together to arrive at the truth. She/He believes Hamlet completely.
MRS. KING [W]
aka Gertrude. A self-centered and hedonistic woman who has made her son’s depression all about her.
HAMLET/DANE [M]
The son of Gertrude King; the nephew/stepson of Claude King. Spurred on and supported by Dr. Osric and his fellow patients at the Elsinore Youth Wellness Facility, he confronts his indulgent mother and murderous uncle/ stepfather.
OPHELIA [W]
Though she frequently acts as the “peacekeeper,” she is not opposed to provoking Mr. King. Ophelia is one of a couple; she is always on the lap of, draped on, or within reaching distance of Marcellus.
MARCELLUS [M]
Marcellus is sweet to his girl, Ophelia, and faithful to his friend, Hamlet. Yorick drives him crazy, but his “slugs” don’t really hurt. In fact, he bristles when Mr. King goes after Yorick. The way Marcellus sees it, Yorick is family— and he has his Yorick’s back.
HORATIO [A]
Hamlet’s closest friend at Elsinore. He/She has been there for Hamlet over the past few weeks, knows what Mr. King has done, and wants to make him squirm.
YORICK [M]
Yorick uses humor as a defense mechanism—and it doesn’t always work. He is exasperating, but loved.


Prop List

Phone, coat, pen, checkbook


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 About 35 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks


 8
4 M | 2 W | 2 Any Gender


Simple set


 26 pages

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