Ophelia

Ophelia
by Jeff Wanshel

Productions (5)
  • Tragical-Comical-Historical
  • |
  • 70 - 80 minutes
  • 2 f, 7 m, 8 either (9-25 actors possible: 2-10 f, 7-15 m)
  • Set: None.

Ophelia
by Jeff Wanshel

(0)
Productions (5)
  • Tragical-Comical-Historical
  • |
  • 70 - 80 minutes
  • 2 f, 7 m, 8 either (9-25 actors possible: 2-10 f, 7-15 m)
  • Set: None.

Being the tragicall Historie of OPHELIA, Maide of Denmark. Newly Revised and Reduced to almost half againe as it was by Wan-shel, after the true Coppie by Shake-speare, from the lost original by Kyd; in which the Maide's part is Greatlie more Prominent. Featuring a Ghost, a Sword Fight, a Drowning, Poetry and Mayhem.

Pricing Information

Min. Performance Fee* $80
Standard Edition $9.99
Stage Manager Edition $18.99

*The per performance fee begins at $80. Your per performance fee will be provided during the ordering process.

Play Details

Being the tragicall Historie of OPHELIA, Maide of Denmark. Newly Revised and Reduced to almost half againe as it was by Wan-shel, after the true Coppie by Shake-speare, from the lost original by Kyd; in which the Maide's part is Greatlie more Prominent. Featuring a Ghost, a Sword Fight, a Drowning, Poetry and Mayhem.

  • Tragical-Comical-Historical
  • |
  • 70 - 80 minutes
  • 2 f, 7 m, 8 either (9-25 actors possible: 2-10 f, 7-15 m)
  • Set: None.

Published Reviews

"For too long, doomed Ophelia has been a bit part, a mere plot device in Hamlet's tragedy. Wanshel's excellent script goes beyond a mere exploration of Ophelia's life... his Ophelia is a major player in the life of those around her."

Phoenix Gazette

"Ophelia takes a revisionist view of Hamlet. And while it came as a surprise to hear a woman say, "To be or not to be," it was quite fitting in context. Wanshel's script turns the play about 270 degrees -- the language is Shakespeare's, but there's a little slang here and there, and all his humor, plus a little extra, comes through beautifully ... a splendid display of theatrical imagination."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Wanshel borrows a lot of Shakespeare's words -- not all of them from Hamlet and not always assigned to the character Shakespeare wrote them for. It's part of the fun. Ophelia struggles to cut the rottenness out of Denmark, but her struggle is not so much with whatever psychological hangups bedevil Shakespeare's Hamlet as with the constraints imposed by her society on a young, unmarried woman. Shakespeare's Ophelia is little more than love interest and pathetic victim. Wanshel makes her a full human being in her own right."

St. Louis Riverfront Times

"A new twist. Ophelia as a strong decisive woman ... a co-conspirator in the action. Swashbuckling ingenuity and comedy ... imaginative, innovative, [and] enthralling!"

Hartford Courant

Production History

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OCT 29, 2015 - OCT 30, 2015
Hartsbrook School
Hadley, MA United States
Hartsbrook School Hadley, MA United States
MAR 22, 2012 - MAR 23, 2012
Mountain Vista High School
Highlands Ranch, CO United States
Mountain Vista High School Highlands Ranch, CO United States
APR 23, 2010 - APR 24, 2010
Challenge Early College High School
Houston, TX United States
Challenge Early College High School Houston, TX United States
MAR 01, 2009 - APR 06, 2009
Lockney High School
Lockney, TX United States
Lockney High School Lockney, TX United States
SEP 17, 1992 - JAN 01, 1993
National Theatre of the Deaf
US Tour, United States
National Theatre of the Deaf US Tour, United States
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SEP 17, 1992 - JAN 01, 1993
National Theatre of the Deaf
US Tour, United States
National Theatre of the Deaf US Tour, United States