Shakespeare's Sonnets come alive in this play where modern scenes play hand in hand with the original text. Very flexible casting.
Average Producer Rating:
About 50 minutes
Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks
8 Any Gender, Expandable to 35
Reviews from Past Producers
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?
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?
8 Any Gender, Expandable to 35
fashion magazine, mirror
fishbowl, fish food
book or magazine
trash bag filled with clothes, blanket
newspaper, two coffee mugs, toast, (may be mimed) plate (may be mimed)
a chocolate (possibly mimed)
homework, calculator, scientific scale with weights
mirror, pregnancy test
guitar, sheets with lyrics
phones (possibly mimed)
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.
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!
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