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Will and Whimsy: Sixteen Dramatically Illustrated Sonnets of Shakespeare

by Alan Haehnel

Shakespeare's Sonnets come alive in this play where modern scenes play hand in hand with the original text. Very flexible casting.

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 About 50 minutes

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


 8
8 Any Gender, Expandable to 35


Simple Set


 43 pages

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In addition to traditional live stage performance rights, Will and Whimsy: Sixteen Dramatically Illustrated Sonnets of Shakespeare can also be performed under the following scenarios.

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Shakespeare stands before you. A book of sonnets in his hands. His sonnets. 154 of them. Will you take the book? Will you read the sonnets?

NO WAY!!!!!!

Shakespeare isn't meant to be read. He's meant to be performed, shouted, loved, wept with, cursed over, died for, fought for, bled for!

You might think that's a bit much. Somewhat over-emotional. You can't understand a word Shakespeare says, and now you're supposed to get choked up? And bleed? Over Sonnets?

Fair enough. Start with Will and Whimsy. Modern scenes play hand in hand with the original text.

The sonnets come alive. No bleeding. We promise.

This is a vignette play! What is a Vignette Play?


Characters

 8
8 Any Gender, Expandable to 35

BARD
67 lines
Several monologues

SONNET 116


BARD
5 lines
JOSH [A]
14 lines
A man in the midst of proposal.
LAURA [A]
11 lines
A lovebird whose faith is true.
BILL [A]
18 lines
A specialist in pre-nuptual agreements. Not exactly a romantic.

SONNET 89


BARD
4 lines
JAKE [A]
23 lines
A jilted lover trying to win his ex’s heart back. Will change in whatever way it takes.
JESSICA [A]
21 lines
Jake’s ex-girlfriend. Wise in the ways of self-worth.

SONNET 130


BARD
4 lines
STEVE [A]
9 lines
Not much of a poet, but his heart is in the right place.
MARYANNE [A]
9 lines
Self-conscious about her appearance. Wants to measure up to the other girls.

SONNET 29


BARD
6 lines
KAREN [A]
6 lines
A self-conscious girl who worries about having friends.
BILBO
0 lines
Karen’s loyal dog. No lines. Some barking and yipping.

SONNET 90


BARD
3 lines
BOB [A]
22 lines
A depressed guy with a foot fungus, waiting for the other shoe to drop.
CAROL [A]
7 lines
Bob’s girlfriend. Sorely tested when Bob reminds her of all his faults.

SONNET 73


BARD
4 lines
RICK [A]
13 lines
A young man, bidding farewell to some childhood objects.
MOM [A]
1 line
Rick’s mother. One line offstage.
VOICE [A]
15 lines
Rick’s old, once-cherished blanket. Knows how to tug at the old heartstrings.

SONNET 138


BARD
4 lines
MARNEETA [A]
14 lines
Old woman with bad eyesight and good sense of humour.
EARL [A]
11 lines
Old man. A romantic at heart.

SONNET 129


BARD
4 lines
KALEE [A]
7 lines
One friend obsessed with eating the last candy. Meets a bitter end by a sweet treat.
ASHLEY [A]
7 lines
A second friend obsessed with eating the last candy.
JONICA [A]
5 lines
A third friend obsessed with eating the last candy.

SONNET 120


BARD
4 lines
CARMEN [A]
16 lines
A mathematically-minded ex-friend. Wants to be left alone.
RACHEL [A]
14 lines
A mathematically-minded ex-friend. Wants a second chance.

SONNET 146


BARD:
4 lines
MINDY [A]
15 lines
A girl who has lost much, but gained an inner-peace.
CORY [A]
10 lines
A materialistic friend who wants to help Mindy with a trip to the mall.
DARLENE [A]
5 lines
A second friend who wants to help Mindy the only way she knows how.

SONNET 2


BARD
4 lines
SCOTT [A]
28 lines
A man confronted by the threat of old age. He doesn’t like what he sees.
MARTHA [A]
28 lines
A woman with a vision of the future and a secret in her pocket.

SONNET 76


BARD
3 lines
SAL [A]
23 lines
A lovestruck agent, desperate to hear his beloved artist croak a new tune.
MARLA [A]
22 lines
A lizard-loving songstress with a case of writer’s block.

SONNET 44


BARD
4 lines
MAX [A]
20 lines
A love-struck science-fiction fan. Has long-distance love down to a science.
BARB [A]
20 lines
Max’s long-suffering love. Knows their long-distance love is a fiction.

SONNET 64


BARD
4 lines
JON [A]
20 lines
A young boy, making castles in the sand.
SALLY [A]
20 lines
A young girl, making castles in the sand.

SONNET 57


BARD
4 lines
FIONA [A]
24 lines
A smitten girl, waiting on a very-important call from a bad boy boyfriend.
JUNE [A]
24 lines
A savvy girl who thinks June’s boyfriend is just bad, full-stop.

SONNET 23


BARD
4 lines
BILLY [A]
17 lines
A nervous man who takes three long seconds to say three little words.
JANINE [A]
13 lines
Billy’s patient friend, who knows the hardest things in this world might be written rather than said.


Prop List

Sonnet 130

fashion magazine, mirror

Sonnet 29

fishbowl, fish food

Sonnet 90

book or magazine

Sonnet 73

trash bag filled with clothes, blanket

Sonnet 138

newspaper, two coffee mugs, toast, (may be mimed) plate (may be mimed)

Sonnet 129

a chocolate (possibly mimed)

Sonnet 120

homework, calculator, scientific scale with weights

Sonnet 2

mirror, pregnancy test

Sonnet 76

guitar, sheets with lyrics

Sonnet 44:

phones (possibly mimed)

Sonnet 57

cell phone

Sonnet 23

journal


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I have thoroughly enjoyed directing my last three shows - The Canterbury Tales, Will and Whimsy, and Circus Olympus. They are excellent adaptations, creatively conceived and written and classically based, all characteristics I look for in a high school show.

I am retiring this year after directing 63 high school shows over 38 years, but I will encourage my successor to check out your cataglogue of plays.

Nicholas DeLucia, Hancock Central School

We recently performed Will and Whimsy at Rockdale County High School and also took it to the local Georgia One-Act Competition, too!

Not only did the audience eat up every scene, but the students walked away with the MOST awards (5) out of Nine Schools! The judges remarked that this play was a true breath of fresh air! I thank you for offering this awesome play, and we look forward to working with your fine company in the near future!

Dave DiPietro

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 About 50 minutes

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


 8
8 Any Gender, Expandable to 35


Simple Set


 43 pages

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