By Colleen Shaddox
Cast: 5 m, 3 w, 1 flexible
Script: 29 pages
William Shakespeare retired at about age 48. Why did this prolific genius stop writing? How did he get along with his long-neglected wife, Anne, once he gave up the stage? “The Shakespeares” imagines what The Bard’s last years were like in Stratford-upon-Avon. The play is full of inside jokes for Shakespeare fans. But even for those unfamiliar with his plays, there are laughs (and a few tears) as we watch this profoundly mismatched couple try to make a go of it. Shakespeare’s confidante, daughter Susanna, realizes that her father’s creative spirit is being crushed by small town life. So she plots an escape for him, reminiscent of some of the ruses found in Shakespeare’s own plays. But things do not go as planned, a guarded secret is revealed, and ultimately a very conventional Anne Shakespeare must decide what she really wants out of this unconventional marriage.
#2389 – The Shakespeares

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