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DOGBERRY IN DECLINE

Co-written with Andy Wertner.

 

Classic/Tragicomedy.

This audacious sequel to Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing takes place 30 years later and follows an aging Dogberry as he aims to protect the lovers, bring a lurking menace to justice, and save Messina from ruin.

 

Flexible set.

Cast: 8-15+ actors (doubling possible). 5-7M / 3-4F / 4 any.

DOGBERRY, Master Constable of Messina, (M) 60s-80s

OATCAKE, Under-constable, (M) 30s-40s

WATCH 1, Foolish member of the Watch, (M) any age

WATCH 2, Lusty member of the Watch, (F) any age

CLAUDIO, Husband of Hero, (M) 50s-60s

HERO, Governess of Messina, (F) 50s-60s

ANTONIA, Daughter of Hero and Claudio, (F) 20s

MAESTRA, Schoolmarm, (F) 60s-80s

CLEMENTE, Humpbacked emissary from Aragon, (M/F) 50s-60s

PEDROCITO, Son of Don Pedro, (M) 20s

ATTENDANT, To Count Clemente, nonspeaking, any gender/age

DON JOHN, Tortured bastard brother of Don Pedro, (M) 50s-60s

VERGES, Under-constable Emeritus, (M/F) 60s-80s

RUSTIC, Who lives in the wilds, nonspeaking, any gender/age

DON PEDRO, Prince of Aragon, (M) 50s-60s

Reading, People's Light, 2019.

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