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One-Hour Shakespeare

The Early Comedies and Romances, 1st Edition

By Julie Fain Lawrence-Edsell


152 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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The One-Hour Shakespeare series is a collection of abridged versions of Shakespeare’s plays, designed specifically to accommodate both small and large casts.

This volume, The Early Comedies and Romances, includes the following plays:

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • The Tempest
  • The Winter’s Tale

These accessible and versatile scripts are supported by: an introduction with emphasis on the evolution of the series and the creative process of editing; the One-Hour projects in performance, a chapter on implementing money saving ideas and suggestions for production whether in or outside of a classroom setting; specific lesson plans to incorporate these projects successfully into an academic course; and cross-gender casting suggestions. These supplementary materials make the plays valuable not only for actors, directors and professors, but for any environment, cast or purpose.

Ideal for both academics and professionals, One-Hour Shakespeare is the perfect companion to teaching and staging the most universally read and performed playwright in history.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. One-Hour projects in performance chapter 3. Lesson Plan and Editing Exercise 4. Cross gender casting suggestions 5. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM 6. A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – casting suggestions 7. TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA 8. TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA – casting suggestions 9. THE TEMPEST 10. THE TEMPEST – casting suggestions 11. THE WINTER’S TALE 12. THE WINTER’S TALE – casting suggestions

About the Author

Julie Fain Lawrence-Edsell is an actress, director and Professor of BFA Acting at the Pace School of Performing Arts, Pace University. Some of her credits include: The Last (2019), Concussion (Sundance 2013), Madam Secretary, Law & Order–SVU & CI, Kidnapped, Six Degrees, Third Watch, All My Children and over a dozen Shakespearean productions.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRAMA / Shakespeare
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production