Shakespeare’s Dead Dames

6f, 1m (flexible)


After their in-performance deaths, six female Shakespearean characters find themselves in a holding area until the play they are a character in gets revived by another Shakespeare company so that they can (re)live their tragedy over (and over) again. It’s a comic romp that evokes Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit” meets Luigi Pirandello’s “Six Characters in Search of an Author” meets “Monty Python’s Flying Circus.”

Casting & Production


CHARACTER LIST: (Flexible, gender-blind casting for 7 actors.)

TAMORA: From the play Titus Andronicus. Sensible. Blood around her mid-section because she was stabbed by Titus.

JOAN: From the play Henry VI, pt. 1. Resolute. Speaks in French and English. Covered in black ash because she was burned at the stake.

JULIET: From the play Romeo and Juliet. Melodramatic. Has a dagger between her breasts.

LADY MACBETH: From the play Macbeth. Paranoid. Bruises on her face because of her suicide.

OPHELIA: From the play Hamlet. Unhinged. Singer. Soaking wet because she drowned in a nearby river.

CLEOPATRA: From the play Antony and Cleopatra. Haughty and sensual. Has snakes draped around her neck because she placed them there as a method of suicide.

DIRECTOR: Affected, British accent. Any gender. Pretentious and lofty.

Three door frames on a bare stage. Seven ‘harpbacked’chairs knocked over and disorderly on stage.

The Present.