THE WOMAN ACCORDING TO SHAKESPEARE

Gustáv Murín

Genre: drama
Cast: variable

Play based at sixteen Shakespeare's plays.

The basis of this Shakespeariade is the character of Juliet, who does not die, but is transformed into famous female characters in a mosaic of works by a famous playwright, such as: The Two Nobles of Verona, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, Troilos and Cresida, Othello, Richard III., King Lear, Hamlet, Pericles, Caesar, Titus Andronicus, Cymbelin, The End Corrects Everything, The Evening of the Three Kings, The Merry Wives of Winsdor and The Midsummer Night's Dream too.

Sketch of the story

Juliet discovers her femininity in an unhappy love (Romeo and Juliet, The Two Nobles of Verona). It is still romantic and pathetic, which Romeo will pay for. She believes he died...

After an unhappy love, Juliet avoids men. She is evil to them and a nuisance to those around her (Taming of the Shrew). No one can approach her or comply with her. But this will change in the drastic experience of the (Trojan) war, where her helpless father will take her, and she will be captured in a sullen and reckless act. And there Juliet falls in love again (combination of Troilos and Cressida and Taming of the Shrew).

However, her future husband is extremely jealous (Othello). So he easily succumbs to intrigues plotted by Iago, who whispers to him gossips about Juliet. And so, in uncontrollable jealousy, her husband becomes entangled in a duel in which he loses his life. The winner, who liked Juliet from the beginning, considers her as his prey (Richard III.). She try to resists, but the birth of her first and only child, a son, after a violent conception reconciles her for a time with an unsurpassed usurper (Richard III.).

Under the influence of her usurper-husband, she puts his son up for upbringing in adoption far away and fully engages herself into court intrigues. It is, after all, her only chance at great deeds. However, this ends up bloody (Macbeth).

The usurper pays for her encouraging whispering, but the winner of this power struggle (Macbeth) takes pity on her and allows her to return to her son, who is now grown up. However, she does not find recognition from him (Hamlet). Our heroine goes into a British exile, reconciled to everything.

We are surprised to find out that Romeo survived their young unhappy love there, and that his death was a sham. His family deported him to a remote inhospitable Britain, where our heroine, who was expelled by her son Hamlet, also finds herself. Here, too, they are caught by the cruelty of war. The monastery where Juliet took refuge is looted by soldiers only to be rescued by their commandant, Romeo. At this late age, they find their way back to each other (Cymbelin).

Thus, in front of us, within one theatre evening Juliet changes herself from a romantic girl, then a lovingly afflicted young woman, to a mature and lustful lady, followed by motherhood (though unwanted) and had the ambitions (cruelly punished) just to reveal long-lost love in the resignation of mature years. And although it is coming to a happy ending, it will still be changed by unexpected surprises (referring to the old British legendary love-story of Salisbury)...

Implementation

Each scene is based on original quotations from the Shakespeare's plays, only occasionally they are complemented with new replicas. The play can be performed with a large cast, but also with a little group, as in some scenes Juliet is left alone and leads the dialogue with voices (servants, clowns, etc.), which we do not have to see. Rear projection also changes the environment of scenes easily and cheaply.

  The play is available in Slovak origin.


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