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Will and Whimsy: Sixteen Dramatically Illustrated Sonnets of Shakespeare

Recommended for High Schools and Middle Schools

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.

 About 50 minutes

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

8 Any Gender, Expandable to 35

Simple Set

 43 pages

Comedy Classical Adaptation Shakespeare Student Directors Vignettes

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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.

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