HERO DOGBERRY

[Full-length Verse Comedy]
Updated draft posted: July 13, 2024
Hero and Beatrice have been masquerading as the constable of the night watch, Dogberry, and his deputy, Verges, while all the able bodied men of Messina have been away in the Princes' civil war. When the men come home from battle, Hero plans to put her disguise away forever in favor of making a vow of "til death do us part....
[Full-length Verse Comedy]
Updated draft posted: July 13, 2024
Hero and Beatrice have been masquerading as the constable of the night watch, Dogberry, and his deputy, Verges, while all the able bodied men of Messina have been away in the Princes' civil war. When the men come home from battle, Hero plans to put her disguise away forever in favor of making a vow of "til death do us part." But when she is accused of adultery at the altar, she puts on her disguise once more to discover the truth.
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HERO DOGBERRY

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  • Sam Heyman:
    2 Jun. 2024
    Combining the best parts of “Much Ado About Nothing” and “As You Like It,” Monica Cross’ skillful Shakespeare adaptation “HERO DOGBERRY” is a marvelous feat of playwriting craft. The heightened language is never alienating and the verse is so seamlessly written you can focus on each vividly drawn character and tightly plotted scene Cross offers. A feast for Bard lovers and newbies alike!
  • Daniel Prillaman:
    2 Jun. 2024
    “Hero Dogberry” is a goddamned delight. It is also a genuine masterpiece. Not only is it a genius companion piece to its source material, but it truly stands on its own as a tremendous tale of mischief, trust, deceit, masking, and how they all intertwine in the development of love and marriage. Amid the countless winks to classic Bard bits and sequences, Cross shines spotlights on what hasn’t aged as well, and examines it playfully and with great nuance. Every role here would be so much fun to bring to life, for actors and designers alike. Highly recommend.
  • Kate Danley:
    24 Feb. 2024
    What a delight! If you are a Much Ado fan, this play gives you the scenes you've always wanted, the backstory you've always wondered about, answers to the questions you've had, and most importantly, more time with your favorite characters. This would be wonderful to play in rep with a production of Much Ado.

Character Information

  • Hero
    18,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    woman
    A young woman pretending to be an old man, in love with Claudio.
  • Claudio
    18,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Man
    A Count, in love with Hero, friend of Don Pedro and Benedick.
  • Margaret
    26,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    woman
    Waiting woman to Hero, in love with Borachio.
  • Borachio
    32,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Man
    Henchman to Don John, In love with Margaret. (This actor also plays a friar in one scene.)
  • Beatrice
    27,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    woman
    Hero’s cousin, a young woman also pretending to be an old man, out of love with Benedick.
  • Benedick
    28,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Man
    A Lord, former lover of Beatrice, friend to Don Pedro and Claudio.
  • Gemma
    65,
    Any race/ethicity
    ,
    woman
    A seamstress, who also pretends to be a man.
  • Don Pedro/Don John
    30,
    Any Race/Ethnicity
    ,
    Man
    Prince of Aragon and the Prince's Brother, played by the same actor.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Meadowlark Shakespeare Players
    ,
    2024
  • Reading
    ,
    Playwrights Thriving
    ,
    2024