DOI

10.17077/etd.f10x8ax1

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Spring 2018

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Theatre Arts (Playwriting)

First Advisor

Art Borreca

First Committee Member

Dare Clubb

Second Committee Member

Lisa Schlesinger

Abstract

A Kingdom Jack’d is a satirical verse-play based on William Shakespeare’s Henry IV dramas. It opens in 1399 England, following the deposal of Richard II and what should have been the coronation of Henry IV. Instead, political machinations have thrust the clownish rogue John “Jack” Falstaff to the throne. With his band of cutthroats running court and the Lancasters reduced to mere rebels, Britain descends into chaos. The country’s only hope lies with Shakespeare’s literary creation Doll Tearsheet and his other peripheral, disempowered female characters. At play’s end, peace is gained with Falstaff’s flight into exile and the dismantling of patriarchal order.

Keywords

alternate history, comedy, falstaff, feminist, revisionist, shakespeare

Pages

xi, 98 pages

Copyright

Copyright © 2018 Scott Bradley

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