Women Playing Hamlet
by William Missouri Downs

Productions (15)
  • Comedy
  • 70 - 100 minutes
  • 4 f (4-19 actors possible: 4-19 f, )
  • Content Notes: Adult language.
  • Set: Minimal unit set with projections
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-68069-002-6

Women Playing Hamlet
by William Missouri Downs

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Productions (15)
  • Comedy
  • 70 - 100 minutes
  • 4 f (4-19 actors possible: 4-19 f, )
  • Content Notes: Adult language.
  • Set: Minimal unit set with projections

Hamlet's a challenge for any actor, but when Jessica is cast as the titular character in a New York production, it sends her into an existential tailspin. It doesn't help that her acting coach is borderline abusive, or that every Starbucks barista with an MFA tells her she's too young for the role. Or that she's somehow managed to make Sir Patrick Stewart her nemesis. Not to mention the fact that she's a woman. How can Jessica figure out "to be or not to be," when she can't even figure out herself? Featuring an all-female cast performing multiple roles, Woman Playing Hamlet is rip-roaring fun for Shakespeare fans and haters alike.

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Play Details

Hamlet's a challenge for any actor, but when Jessica is cast as the titular character in a New York production, it sends her into an existential tailspin. It doesn't help that her acting coach is borderline abusive, or that every Starbucks barista with an MFA tells her she's too young for the role. Or that she's somehow managed to make Sir Patrick Stewart her nemesis. Not to mention the fact that she's a woman. How can Jessica figure out "to be or not to be," when she can't even figure out herself? Featuring an all-female cast performing multiple roles, Woman Playing Hamlet is rip-roaring fun for Shakespeare fans and haters alike.

  • Comedy
  • 70 - 100 minutes
  • 4 f (4-19 actors possible: 4-19 f, )
  • Content Notes: Adult language.
  • Set: Minimal unit set with projections
  • Standard Edition ISBN: 978-1-68069-002-6

Published Reviews

"This wickedly clever new play from William Missouri Downs, dubbed 'a comedy about a tragedy,' uses an all-woman cast to explore questions of courage and conscience in a modern setting, managing to both spoof Shakespeare and pay homage to him in a two-hour show that moves like lightning."

The Patriot News Harrisburg

"With the colorful script and vivid characters Women Playing Hamlet is a slam dunk..."

Kansas City Examiner

"What's amazing lies in the script where Downs dissects Hamlet's intricate character and puts all aspects of Hamlet's persona in Jessica's challenge to scale the ladder to play the part."

Kansas City Examiner

"A rollicking satire jabbing shallow pop culture, overly reverential attitudes toward literature and the intensive navel-gazing shared by actors."

Florida Theatre On Stage

"Silly, profound and ultimately moving"

Florida Theatre On Stage

"Downs's script has... theater history and some of the eternal questions about playing Hamlet woven into its fabric, along with funny and sobering truths about the actor's life."

Miami Herald

Production History

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Production Group
Location
SEP 15, 2017 - SEP 24, 2017
Playhouse South Inc.
Kettering, OH United States
Playhouse South Inc. Kettering, OH United States
APR 14, 2017 - APR 29, 2017
Finlandia University
Hancock, MI United States
Finlandia University Hancock, MI United States
APR 12, 2017 - APR 15, 2017
UW-Sheboygan
Sheboygan, WI United States
UW-Sheboygan Sheboygan, WI United States
MAR 24, 2017 - APR 15, 2017
Tallgrass Theatre Company
West Des Moines, IA United States
Tallgrass Theatre Company West Des Moines, IA United States
MAR 24, 2017 - APR 16, 2017
Ojai Art Center Theatre
Ojai, CA United States
Ojai Art Center Theatre Ojai, CA United States
MAR 09, 2017 - MAR 25, 2017
Donna Scott Productions
Charlotte, NC United States
Donna Scott Productions Charlotte, NC United States
JAN 06, 2017 - JAN 15, 2017
Juneau Douglas Little Theatre
Juneau, AK United States
Juneau Douglas Little Theatre Juneau, AK United States
DEC 01, 2016 - DEC 10, 2016
University of Wyoming Theatre
Laramie, WY United States
University of Wyoming Theatre Laramie, WY United States
JUN 22, 2016 - JUN 26, 2016
Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions
New York, NY United States
Tongue in Cheek Theater Productions New York, NY United States
APR 30, 2016 - APR 30, 2016
Bas Bleu Theatre Company
Fort Collins, CO United States
Bas Bleu Theatre Company Fort Collins, CO United States
APR 10, 2016 - APR 16, 2016
Bas Bleu Theatre Company
Fort Collins, CO United States
Bas Bleu Theatre Company Fort Collins, CO United States
SEP 11, 2015 - SEP 21, 2015
Southern Winds Theatre
Orlando, FL United States
Southern Winds Theatre Orlando, FL United States
MAY 13, 2015 - MAY 29, 2015
Harrisburg Shakespeare Company
Harrisburg, PA United States
Harrisburg Shakespeare Company Harrisburg, PA United States
APR 04, 2015 - APR 26, 2015
New Theatre
Miami, FL United States
New Theatre Miami, FL United States
MAR 04, 2015 - MAR 29, 2015
Unicorn Theatre
Kansas City, MO United States
Unicorn Theatre Kansas City, MO United States
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
SEP 15, 2017 - SEP 24, 2017
Playhouse South Inc.
Kettering, OH United States
Playhouse South Inc. Kettering, OH United States
Sort by Most Recent
Production Group
Location
SEP 11, 2015 - SEP 21, 2015
Southern Winds Theatre
Orlando, FL United States
Southern Winds Theatre Orlando, FL United States
MAY 13, 2015 - MAY 29, 2015
Harrisburg Shakespeare Company
Harrisburg, PA United States
Harrisburg Shakespeare Company Harrisburg, PA United States
APR 04, 2015 - APR 26, 2015
New Theatre
Miami, FL United States
New Theatre Miami, FL United States
MAR 04, 2015 - MAR 29, 2015
Unicorn Theatre
Kansas City, MO United States
Unicorn Theatre Kansas City, MO United States

Awards (1)

Winner of a Rolling Premieres from the National New Play Network

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