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“From Shakespeare with Love?”

 (formerly known as “Shakespeare in Love?”)

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Dorf, Jon (aka Jonathan C. Dorf, American playwright, screenwriter, script consultant, teacher, 1971-____), “From Shakespeare with Love?(formerly known as Shakespeare in Love?)”

a 45-minute comedy in English, set in an airport, various Shakespearean settings, 1:00 a.m., 1999,


; • © 1999 by Jonathan C. Dorf; • in Jonathan C. Dorf’s Shakespeare in Love? (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 1999); • script/rights available from Jonathan C. Dorf, 7125 De Longpre Avenue #209, Los Angeles, California 90046, U.S.A., e-mail jon@jondorf.com, http://www.jondorf.com, telephone (home) 323-512-5273. • Cited by Jonathan C. Dorf, via ftp November 18, 1999; Dorf says,

§ Dramatis Personae Romeo (m), 20, from Romeo and Juliet; Antipholus (m), 25, from The Comedy of Errors; Viola (f), 30, from Twelfth Night; Titania (f), 30, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

§ Synopsis “Romeo, Antipholus of Syracuse, Titania and Viola wait at an airport for a long-delayed flight to London. When Romeo announces that he plans to kill William Shakespeare for ruining his life, it’s up to the others to convince Romeo that Shakespeare loves love—Romeo and Juliet’s case was the exception, not the rule. Romeo gives the others until the plane arrives. Titania begins with a reenactment of her affair with Bottom, the mortal with the donkey head. This makes Romeo even more ready for revenge. Antipholus’ reenactment from The Comedy of Errors only convinces Romeo that Shakespeare’s characters are all fairies and witches. Romeo then shows the others what happened to him and Juliet. The plane arrives, and it appears that Shakespeare is doomed, but Viola’s reenactment of Twelfth Night is just enough to convince Romeo to hold his sword.

§ Comment “Each actor plays a variety of other Shakespearean characters. The play was originally commissioned by the Walnut Street Theatre’s Outreach Program, which has toured it to schools (it is suitable for junior high age and up) throughout the Philadelphia area. A study guide for it is also available. It is designed to tour, having no technical requirements. While it uses a minimum of four actors, the roles may be undoubled to provide parts for ten to fifteen actors. • Prospective producers should go to Home Page of Playwright and Screenwriter Jon Dorf, http://www.jondorf.com/.”

§ Themes airport, Antipholus of Syracuse (from The Comedy of Errors), Bottom (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream), The Comedy of Errors (acted at Gray’s Inn, London, 1594, revived in 1604), fairy, homage, love, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (given at Court, London, in 1604), revenge, Romeo (from Romeo and Juliet), Romeo and Juliet (about 1595, London—no definite records of early performances), Titania (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Viola (from Twelfth Night), scene from another play, Shakespeare (William Shakespeare, English dramatist and poet, 1564-1616), Twelfth Night (acted at the Middle Temple, London, in 1602), witch.

See also Jon C. Dorf’s

  • "A-Bomb Wedding," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a twenty-four hour convenience store, late at night, 2001, 2m
  • "Beef Junkies," a 25-minute dark comedy in English, set on a suburban road, just before 5:00 p.m., the near future, 2m1f
  • "Bookends," an absurd comedy in English, 2m2f, a comedy set in a small university library, March, 1996, 2m2f (1 male can be female; 2f can be doubled)
  • "Crash Positions," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in an airplane in the air, 1997, 1m1f
  • "F-Stop," a 10-minute dark comedy, set in a living room, early afternoon, 1997, 1m1f
  • "Jesus at the Taco Stand," a 10-minute dark comedy-drama in English, set outside a mental health clinic, Friday evening, 1998, 1m2f
  • "Last Right Before the Void," a 10-minute comedy in English, set in a dark highway in Minnesota, or outside a house, U.S.A., late at night, 2000, 2m1f
  • "Newt Gingrich Visits a Residential Youth Facility Not Near Omaha," a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in a bedroom in a foster care facility, an afternoon, 1995, 2m
  • "Play's End," a 25-minute dark comedy in English, set in the Doe family living room, late afternoon, 1996, 2m
  • "Ticking," a 25-minute dark comedy in English, set in the Doe family kitchen, morning, 1999, 3m
  • "This Magic Moment," a 35-minute comedy in English, set in an apartment living room, late afternoon, 2001, 1m1f
  • "The Wash," a 10-minute dark comedy in English, set in the laundry room of a New York apartment building, 9:00 p.m., Friday evening, 1m1f
  • "Whatever Happened to Godot?," a 10-minute ironic comedy in English, set in a drab apartment, morning, 2003, 3m
  • "The White Pages," a 25-minute comedy in English, set in a used bookstore, two successive mornings, 1996, 2m2f
  • "X Marks the Spot," a 10-minute comedy in English, set somewhere in the American midwest or a similar landscape, 2001, 1m1f
  • "You're Next," a 17-minute drama in English, set in a storage room off a high school boys locker room, sometime before lunch, 1997, 2m


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