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Imogen Says Nothing

Imogen Says Nothing
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Aditi Brennan Kapil
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 99
Pub. Date: 2018
ISBN-10: 0573707049
ISBN-13: 9780573707049
Cast Size: 2 women, 7 men

About the Play:

Imogen Says Nothing won the 2016 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

Imogen Says Nothing is a full-length comedy by Aditi Brennan Kapil. A magnificently theatrical and heart-rending work. Imogen is a character that Shakespeare first wrote into the First Folio for Much Ado About Nothing with no dialogue or action. Often, Imogen is removed from the play for her lack in storyline development; however, why was her character included in the first place? A feminist hijacking of Shakespeare that reveals the costs of exclusion and the struggles of those denied legitimacy in our society.

Imogen Says Nothing is a revisionist comedy in verse and prose featuring Imogen, a character who only appears in the First Folio of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, speaks no lines, and is probably a typo. All the world's a stage, but in Elizabethan England, all the roles are given to men. Enter Imogen, who seizes a wordless walk-on in the world premiere of the Bard's Much Ado About Nothing and, refusing to let history erase her part, recasts herself in a ferocious real-life leading role. Imogen Says Nothing is the wildly theatrical and subversively funny tale of an unforgettable woman who will not give up letting her voice be heard and her story told.

Imogen Says Nothing premiered in 2017 at Yale Repertory Theatre, the internationally celebrated professional theater in residence at Yale School of Drama in New Haven, Connecticut.

Cast: 2 women, 7 men

What people say:

"A fierce feminist fable. The playwright has spun bits of Elizabethan trivia into a profound meditation on women in society, gender roles in general, persecution, creativity, posterity and the nature of theater itself." — Hartford Courant

"Imogen Says Nothing is beautifully conceived, written and executed." — New Haven Register

About the Playwright:

Aditi Brennan Kapil is a television and theatre writer, actress, and director. She is of Bulgarian and Indian descent, and was raised in Sweden prior to moving to Minneapolis, and more recently Los Angeles. She performs extensively around the US, and her writing has been produced nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.