Chasing Shakespeares

"Joe has a poem by William Shakespeare. Posy has a tattoo. Which would you rather see?"

In a collection of dubious Elizabethan manuscripts, Northeastern graduate student Joe Roper finds a letter from one W. Shakespeare of Stratford--saying he didn't write the plays. Shakespeare has inspired Joe, a poor Vermonter, to believe he can become Shakespeare's biographer, can...
"Joe has a poem by William Shakespeare. Posy has a tattoo. Which would you rather see?"

In a collection of dubious Elizabethan manuscripts, Northeastern graduate student Joe Roper finds a letter from one W. Shakespeare of Stratford--saying he didn't write the plays. Shakespeare has inspired Joe, a poor Vermonter, to believe he can become Shakespeare's biographer, can understand Shakespeare. To him the letter's a personal insult; it has to be a forgery.

Enter Posy Gould. Posy's a Harvard graduate student. Her father's a producer in Hollywood and she's never met a high concept she didn't like. "It's a forgery?" she says to Joe. "Prove it." If he can't, she'll make both of their careers by breaking Joe's heart.

Literary mystery, romantic comedy, and snarky sendup of the Shakespeare phenomenon, CHASING SHAKESPEARES lends itself to hot audience debate about who Shakespeare is--and who we are.

The original novel has been praised by Derek Jacobi and Samuel R. Delany ("the best [story] about the Bard since NOTHING LIKE THE SUN") and is used to teach Shakespeare and history, among other places at Harvard. With minimal staging, extensive doubling, interaction with the audience, ghosts, and a real mystery, it's suitable for both general and educational audiences, high school and up. Educational materials are available on the author's web site.

Especially suited to the 400th anniversary of the death of one W. Shakespeare of Stratford.
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Chasing Shakespeares

Development History

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    Vokes Players
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    2014