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Shakespeare in Hollywood (Ludwig)

Shakespeare in Hollywood (Ludwig)
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Ken Ludwig
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 120
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0573633428
ISBN-13: 9780573633423

About the Play:

Shakespeare in Hollywood is a full-length comedy by Ken Ludwig. Max Reinhardt is trying to shoot his first Hollywood film, a movie version of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' but his leading lady can't act, his cast keeps falling in love with each other, and what's more, the real Puck and Oberon have just shown up! Proving that the course of true love never did run smooth, this madcap comedy suggests the sets of Hollywood and the woods of Athens have more in common than we thought.

Shakespeare in Hollywood is the entertaining fusion of Hollywood glitz, classic theatrical productions and Shakespeare's poetry around an event in cinema history. In 1934, famous German director Max Reinhardt came to the US to stage his production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at the Hollywood Bowl, and then pursued the idea of turning the play into a movie. In this play, as Reinhardt attempts to inflict his overactive imagination on Hollywood bean-counting producers, the real Oberon and Puck appear, finding themselves far from their native Athenian Woods. Instantly smitten by the glitz, glamour, and dollars of show biz, Shakespeare's most famous fairies are ushered onto on the Warner Bros. Hollywood set to play (who else?) themselves. With a little help from a feisty flower, blonde bombshells, movie moguls, and arrogant "asses" are tossed into loopy love triangles, with raucous results. The mischievous magic of moviedom sparkles in this hilarious Shakespeare-inspired comic romp that was originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

Shakespeare in Hollywood premiered in 2003 at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C and won the Helen Hayes award for Best New Play of the Year. Since then the play had regional premieres at professional theatres across the US and has been mounted by high schools, colleges, and community theatres.

Cast: 4 women, 8 men

What people say:

"Shakespeare in Hollywood will charm your socks off. It left me smiling in my Amtrak aisle seat all the way home to New York." — The Wall Street Journal

"Shakespeare in Hollywood is so deliciously inventive, you'd swear Ludwig and the Bard were in cahoots. At once poignant and funny, literary and farcical, sophisticated and silly, political and fanciful, high-brow and low-brow… a delight." — The Baltimore Sun

"Lights, camera, action – there's plenty of it in Ken Ludwig's fantastical farce … Ludwig has constructed an amazingly dense and layered romp [and] clearly had a ball fusing Shakespearean diction with the wisecracking verbal jousting that characterized pre-World War II comedies." — The Boston Globe

"A fast, funny, entertaining night." — NBC 4

"Mischief, mayhem and laughter abound as the Good Theater tackles this farcical notion in Ken Ludwig's devilishly funny play Shakespeare in Hollywood.... There's never a dull moment in this fun-filled piece." — The Portland Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

About the Playwright:

Ken Ludwig is an internationally acclaimed American playwright whose work is performed throughout the world in more than thirty countries in over twenty languages. He has written twenty-five plays and musicals, with six Broadway productions and seven in London's West End. He has also won two Laurence Olivier Awards and the Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America.