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Equivocation by Bill Cain
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Oct 01, 09

Read in October, 2009

This is the script for a play that was premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this spring. I saw the play in September and picked up a copy of the script from the Guild shop. I wanted to read it because there is so much to think about in the play. The OSF production is wonderful and I am glad I saw it before attempting the script because reading the script could be confusing if I didn't have the characters firmly in mind. The play has six characters, four play multiple parts and having seen the actors change parts during a scene made it easier to understand the script.

The plot of the play is that King James's henchman (Robert Cecil) commissions Shakespeare to write a play about the Gunpowder Plot. This is a meaty play with a lot to think about--family, artistic collaboration, torture, religion, politics, the truth...

It was great fun to read the playwright's stage directions to see what came from the director and actors and what had been called out in the script.


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