ABSTRACT

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 Comedies, includes the following plays:

  • As You Like It
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Twelfth Night

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 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.

chapter 1|2 pages

Introduction

chapter 2|11 pages

One-Hour projects in performance

Money-saving suggestions to consider with a minimal budget

chapter 5|62 pages

As You Like It

chapter 6|1 pages

As You Like It

Suggested cast list and character assignments for a small cast

chapter 7|64 pages

Love’s Labour’s Lost

chapter 8|1 pages

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Suggested cast list and character assignments for a small cast

chapter 9|60 pages

Much Ado About Nothing

chapter 10|1 pages

Much Ado About Nothing

Suggested cast list and character assignments for a small cast

chapter 11|65 pages

Twelfth Night

chapter 12|1 pages

Twelfth Night

Suggested cast list and character assignments for a small cast