Desperate Housewives of Shakespeare

Play #: 2198
Pages: 32 pgs
Cast: 2-3 m, 6 w

Okay, these housewives may not be real, but they are desperate. Shakespeare has been manipulating and twisting their lives for six plays now, and they desperately want to escape his evil machinations. But are they desperate enough to commit murder? Shakespeare has been found dead: stabbed, poisoned, starved, choked, bitten by an asp, and even turned into a baardvark. Lady Macbeth, Juliet, Kate, Rosalind, Cleopatra, and Titania all had the means and the motive to kill Shakespeare, but who really did it? This comic tragedy (or is that tragic comedy?) has all of the action of a Shakespearean play but with none of those angsty monologues about the meaning of life. Great for a strong female cast with some serious comedy chops!

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2 Performance(s)
VEVAY, IN 10/19/2019
WOODLAWN MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BATON ROUGE, LA 4/2/2019
OPELOUSAS CATHOLIC SCHOOL DRAMA 4 Performance(s)
OPELOUSAS, LA 2/15/2019
LITTLETON HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
LITTLETON, NH 1/14/2019
DARTMOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HEMET, CA 12/11/2018
THEATRE GROUP 3 Performance(s)
MANCHESTER, NH 11/16/2018
EAST HILL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PENSACOLA, FL 11/10/2018
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
ALTON, IL 11/8/2018
RIB LAKE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
RIB LAKE, WI 11/2/2018
PATRICK HENRY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
ASHLAND, VA 10/24/2018
LEWISTON CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
LEWISTON, NE 10/10/2018
NOJIRI LAKE ASSOCIATION 1 Performance(s)
SHINANOMACHI, 8/10/2018
FORT TOWSON HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
FORT TOWSON, OK 4/28/2018
LUTHERAN HS OF SIOUX FALLS 1 Performance(s)
SIOUX FALLS, SD 4/24/2018
DEER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GLENDALE, AZ 4/23/2018
ROMULUS CENTRAL SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
ROMULUS, NY 3/9/2018
PAHRUMP CALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PAHRUMP, NV 2/24/2018
ELKHORN VALLEY SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
TILDEN, NE 11/15/2017
DCHS 1 Performance(s)
DICKSON, TN 9/22/2017
ONSTAGE CHILDRENS THEATRE 2 Performance(s)
MOSSYROCK, WA 7/14/2017
SEHS DRAMA CLUB 1 Performance(s)
MILLBROOK, AL 5/4/2017
BADIN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HAMILTON, OH 4/29/2017
PIKEVIEW HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PRINCETON, WV 4/15/2017
WISCASSET HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 3 Performance(s)
WISCASSET , ME 3/2/2017
REEDSBURG PLAYERS 3 Performance(s)
REEDSBURG, WI 2/16/2017
UPPER SANDUSKY DRAMA CLUB 1 Performance(s)
UPPER SANDUSKY, OH 11/17/2016
THE WESTFIELD SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
PERRY, GA 11/3/2016
PLEASANT GROVE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
PLEASANT GROVE, AL 10/15/2016
GOLDEN THEATRE PRODUCTIONS 1 Performance(s)
GREELEY , CO 8/24/2016
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
ZAGREB, CR 6/1/2016
TOMALES HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
TOMALES, CA 5/12/2016
NEW MARK MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
KANSAS CITY, MO 5/5/2016
THE CLASSICAL ACADEMY HS 3 Performance(s)
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 2/25/2016
PAW PAW HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PAW PAW, MI 1/22/2016
WILTON COMM SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 Performance(s)
WILTON, IA 1/16/2016
UNIVERSITY SCHOOLS 1 Performance(s)
GREELEY, CO 1/8/2016
GROVES HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
BEVERLY HILLS, MI 1/7/2016
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
ZAGREB, CR 1/4/2016
NACHES VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
NACHES, WA 12/10/2015
TRINITY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
SAN ANTONIO, TX 12/4/2015
WAYNESBORO HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WAYNESBORO, VA 10/31/2015
MADISON HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MANSFIELD, OH 10/20/2015
NARRAGANSETT MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
BALDWINVILLE, MA 6/12/2015
HERBERT SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
HERBERT, SK 5/29/2015
DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
VEVAY, IN 5/15/2015
DOMINION CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MARIETTA, GA 5/7/2015
KNOB NOSTER HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
KNOB NOSTER, MO 4/23/2015
UNITY COMPOSITE HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
UNITY, SK 3/30/2015
WHITE OAK HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
JACKSONVILLE, NC 3/15/2015
RITTMAN HSMS DRAMA CLUB 3 Performance(s)
WADSWORTH, OH 3/13/2015
DEER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
GLENDALE, AZ 2/26/2015
NORTHWESTERN DRAMA CLUB 3 Performance(s)
ALBION, PA 1/30/2015
ATLEE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
MECHANICSVILLE, VA 1/29/2015
RUTHVEN-AYRSHIRE CSD 1 Performance(s)
RUTHVEN, IA 1/24/2015
HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CLARKSVILLE, MO 11/15/2014
FOUNTAIN CENTRAL DRAMA CLUB 4 Performance(s)
VEEDERSBURG, IN 11/14/2014
WOODBRIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL 4 Performance(s)
WOODBRIDGE, VA 10/24/2014
EXCEPTIONA;L EDU CENTER 1 Performance(s)
LAGRANGE, GA 5/15/2014
REICHER CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WACO, TX 5/7/2014
CHIMACUM HIGH SCHOOL 6 Performance(s)
CHIMACUM, WA 5/3/2014
CHEYENNE SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
CHEYENNE, WY 5/1/2014
STUART COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PRINCETON , NJ 5/1/2014
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, TN 4/10/2014
DANNY JONES MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
MANSFIELD, TX 3/15/2014
OCEAN LAKES HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 1 Performance(s)
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 2/22/2014
OPELOUSAS HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
OPELOUSAS, LA 2/21/2014
TECUMSEH YOUTH THEATRE 3 Performance(s)
TECUMSEH, MI 2/21/2014
SPARTANBURG HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
LANCASTER, SC 2/11/2014
UNDERWOOD HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
UNDERWOOD, MN 2/1/2014
LEMMON SCHOOL DISTRICT 52-4 2 Performance(s)
LEMMON, SD 1/30/2014
UNDERWOOD ISD 550 1 Performance(s)
UNDERWOOD, MN 1/25/2014
LEMMON SCHOOL DIST. 52-4 3 Performance(s)
LEMMON, SD 1/22/2014
OCEAN LAKES HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA 2 Performance(s)
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 1/10/2014
CADDO HILLS HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
NORMAN, AR 12/6/2013
CREEK WOOD HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CHARLOTTE, TN 10/2/2013
FRONTIER DRAMA CLUB 1 Performance(s)
CHALMERS, IN 5/2/2013
RUTHVEN-AYRSHIRE CSD 1 Performance(s)
RUTHVEN, IA 2/12/2013
WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
WATERTOWN, SD 2/6/2013

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHTS JANE AND JIM JEFFRIES TALK ABOUT

“DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES OF SHAKESPEARE”

 

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A: Since we usually have more talented female actors audition, we really wanted a play that would let our female leads have the majority of funny lines. However, we have found that the man playing Lord Macbeth can steal the show. Also, we are huge fans of Shakespeare and parody is the funniest form of flattery.

 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A: I like the following lines because they sum up much of the play. Shakespeare is not very kind to his female protagonists. It is time that they got revenge.

 

TREMBLELANCE: Interesting. Shakespeare was injured by a wrestling hold, but that wasn’t all.

LADY MACBETH: Really? How did he die?

TREMBLELANCE: (Pulls out list and starts to read it.) He was starved, put in a sleeper hold, given hallucinogenic fairy dust, poisoned, bitten by an asp, and stabbed multiple times.

 

(Awkward pause.)

 

TITANIA: My, someone went to a lot of effort.

JULIET: He must be awfully hard to kill.

TREMBLELANCE: High school drama departments have been trying for centuries. It’s curious that everyone in this room has a motive for killing William Shakespeare.

TITANIA: What motive could that be?

TREMBLELANCE: Revenge! He has manipulated each of you, in turn, for his own profit and amusement.

CLEOPATRA: No one manipulates me!

TITANIA: Wow. Talk about the queen of d’ Nile. (Pronounced “denial.”)

 

Q: TELL US MORE ABOUT THE CHARACTERS.

A: Obviously, the characters are the strongest women from Shakespeare’s plays. We just made them self-aware that they were in a play and controlled by Shakespeare.

 

Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A: We mostly wanted to make people laugh. We also really do love all of Shakespeare’s plays (with the possible exception of “Troilus and Cressida.”) This is our twisted form of a tribute.

 

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?

A: We think that women are very funny and this play gives them a chance to shine.