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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

50,000 hits on my blog! plus 4th Shakespearean play to murder...

Yes, my blog just passed the 50,000 hits mark! Now that is something. I'm sure that at least 1% of those are real people somewhere...okay, maybe 5% :-)
Writing up my 4th Shakespearean play for the 6th Graders (English as a 2nd language), my easy to understand version. After tampering with Hamlet (too depressing and deep) and As You Like It (way too messy) , I chose Twelfth Night.
Here's my first attempt at the beginning...yes, it is juvenile, but it's meant to be, it's for 12 year olds with English as a 2nd language.
What d'ya think? Good so far?

Scene 0
EACH CHARACTER HOLDS A NAME AND DESCRIPTION OF ROLE BEFORE AUDIENCE, STANDS IN THEIR ‘PLACE’ OF AUTHORITY

Scene 1
THUNDER SOUNDS, SHIP PICTURE (ON A SHIP), ACTORS ROCKING IN SEA
VIOLA: Sebastian my brother! My twin! Where are you? I’m afraid! SEBASTIAN ENTERS
SEBASTIAN: Viola my sister! My sweet twin! Do not be afraid, I am here!  HOLDS HER SHOULDER. CAPTAIN ENTERS
CAPTAIN: Abandon ship! We are doomed, I tell ya, doomed! CAPTAIN LEAVES
MORE THUNDER, SCREAMS. ALL LEAVE. PICTURE OF THE BEACH. SOUNDS OF THE SEASIDE, SEAGULLS. VIOLA AND CAPTAIN LYING ON FLOOR.
VIOLA: Where… where am I?
CAPTAIN: On a beach.?
VIOLA: But where?
CAPTAIN: In the sand?
VIOLA: Sebastian. Where is my brother and twin Sebastian?
CAPTAIN: Drowned?
VIOLA: No! It cannot be!
CAPTAIN: Okay, then. Not drowned?
VIOLA: Where are we?
CAPTAIN: I think you have already…SIGN SHOWING THE WORD “ILLYRIA”….Oh, Illyria, madam.
VIOLA: Syria?! Looks like no one is home.
CAPTAIN: No, Illyria. The Duke Oreos governs this land.
VIOLA: I like Oreos.
CAPTAIN: You haven’t met him yet! Come, we must seek food and shelter.
VIOLA AND CAPTAIN LEAVE. SEBASTIAN APPEARS, CONFUSED, WALKS AWAY.

Scene 2
PICTURE: THE DUKE OREO’S PALACE. DUKE OREOS, CURIO ON ONE SIDE…OLIVIA (BLACK VEIL), MALVOLIO, MARIA ON THE OTHER. FUNERAL OF OLIVIA’S FATHER AND BROTHER.
OLIVIA: My father! My brother! CRIES
DUKE OREOS: Seven years?!
CURIO: Yes, sir. Olivia will not look at another man for seven years.
DUKE OREOS: But seven years?!
CURIO: Tie a knot in it, sir.
DUKE OREOS: For seven years?!
CURIO: Tie two knots.
DUKE OREOS: I love her. I want her now!
CURIO: Make that three.
COFFINS ARE PUSHED AWAY. OLIVIA, MALVOLIO, MARIA LEAVE ONE SIDE.
DUKE OREOS: Seven years?! Think of something, Curio!
CURIO: Yes, sir.
VIOLA AND CAPTAIN HIDE AT THE SIDE
VIOLA: Who is this delicious man?
CAPTAIN: This is Duke Oreos.
VIOLA: I like Oreos.
CAPTAIN: I think you have already….Oh! You like Duke Oreos.
VIOLA: That too.
CURIO: Sir! I have an idea.
DUKE OREOS: Spit it out.
CURIO: But I’m not chewing gum.
DUKE OREOS: Tell  me your idea.
CURIO: Oh. Send a servant to tell Olivia that you love her.
DUKE OREOS: But I don’t have a servant.
CURIO: Oh…
VIOLA: Captain! I have an idea! Dress me as a man!
CAPTAIN: Well, hello sailor.
VIOLA: No, not that! Dress me as a man and then I can be a servant to the Duke!
CAPTAIN. Oh, right. Of course.
PUT A MOUSTACHE ON HER (LIKE SEBASTIAN’S)
VIOLA: That’s it?
CAPTAIN: We were shipwrecked. What more do you want?
VIOLA GREETS DUKE OREOS.
VIOLA: Greetings, kind sir. I am looking for a position as ‘servant’.
CURIO: Yes! Saved!
DUKE OREOS IS ATTRACTED TO VIOLA BUT ALSO DISGUSTED (THE MOUSTACHE).
DUKE OREOS: Greetings, young…’man’. Yes, I am in need of a servant. LOOKS HER OVER. Yes, congratulations, you have the job!
VIOLA: Thank you, sir!
DUKE OREOS: Now, go to Olivia and tell her how much I love…LOOKS AT VIOLA (ATTRACTED/DISGUSTED) ….her.
VIOLA: Sorry? HEARTBROKEN
DUKE OREOS: Go on, now! Tell her!
VIOLA: Yes, sir.

VIOLA BOWS AND LEAVES. ALL LEAVE. SEBASTIAN ENTERS, CONFUSED, LEAVES.


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