The Edwin Booth Company Presents

About the Play

It is 1858, and young Edwin Booth, on the brink of celebrity and success, arrives at the Boston Museum Theatre with his company to prepare for his engagement of shows. When his leading lady falls ill, he and his company must replace her, and the only actress available is Edwin's former fiancee, the headstrong Mary Devlin. In just the few hours before curtain up, Edwin and his company must rehearse The Taming of the Shrew and convince the shattered couple to re-unite. This show is crafted specifically for colleges and Shakespeare Festivals. It features terrific roles for a mixed-age company, requires strong ensemble work, strong Shakespeare skills, and offers excellent research opportunities for the cast. The Edwin Booth Company Presents is a fast-paced, romantic, and fascinating script.

Cast of 14 (7 women, 6 men, 1 non-binary performer, played male/ no doubling)

Age range: teenager to 60's, as available in casting pool.

Run time: 2 hours, 15 minutes (with an intermission)

One set, minimal furniture, minimal props

Period costumes, minimal changes

Stage combat

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Production History

The Edwin Booth Company Presents premiered at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2011. This production was honored as an ACTF Region Three Finalist in 2012.

A staged Reading was held at The Players, NYC (the home of Edwin Booth) produced by Titan Theatre Company in 2013.

Perusals, Rights & Royalties

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All photos on this page from the UW-Whitewater production of This Prison Where I Live. Photos by Sarah Altermatt.