Other Plays by Joseph Greenfield,
Greenfield, Joseph (American playwright, retired, 1930-____), “Sorry, Bill,”
a 10-minute comedic monolog in English, set in a play producer's office, 1999,
© 1999 by Joseph Greenfield;
• script/rights available from Joseph Greenfield, telephone (home) 215-953-0875.
• Cited by Joseph Greenfield via ftp January 4, 1999;
Sam Rumplestein (m), a play producer.
“Sam Rumplestein, a play producer in need of a musical, has just received the script of Hamlet. Bill (William Shakespeare), in dire need of money, calls Sam to ask about it. Sam disparages every part of the play. He says it is unproducible, too many acts, too many scenes, too large a cast, archaic language, bad dialog, etc. Sam suggests that Bill sell some of his lines to commercial establishments (‘Alas, poor Yorick’ could be sold to a funeral parlor). Sam also suggests that they make a musical out of it (spice up the ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy so that it rhymes and they can set it to music; bring in a female chorus of girl ghosts, etc.). Finally Sam agrees to lend Bill some money so he can continue working.
• “This play imagines what might happen if Shakespeare’s Hamlet was just written
• Page mounted March 30, 1999, updated December 21, 2008, by the site Webmaster.
• Can pair with Lewis W. Heniford's “Shrew You; or, Who Hath Need of Men? As Goode Accounte As Anye Knowne Describing How Sweet Shagsper Shuffles Off His Mortal Coil,” a 30-minute fantasy-comedy in English, set in an afterlife anteroom, April 23, anno Domini 1616, and in a room in Baptista's house, Padua, Italy, 1592, 2m2f; see http://www.heniford.net/4321/index.php?n=Citations-S.ShrewYouOrWhoHathNeedOfMen-2m2f.
commercialization, dramaturgy, Hamlet, loan, money, music, musical, production, script, Shakespeare (William Shakespeare, English poet and dramatist, 1564-1616), theatre.