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[Summary]Make It Mystery: An Anthology of Short Mystery Plays: Craig Sodaro: 9781566081153: Amazon.com: Books Chicago-born playwright Craig Sodaro began writing plays in grade school and continued creating unusual dramatic pieces such as "The Dismembered Penc

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Make It Mystery: An Anthology of Short Mystery Plays: Craig Sodaro: 9781566081153: Amazon.com: Books

Chicago-born playwright Craig Sodaro began writing plays in grade school and continued creating unusual dramatic pieces such as "The Dismembered Pencil" in high school. While attending Marquette University in Milwaukee, he studied playwriting and had several shows produced by the university theater company, the Marquette Players. With a degree in journalism and English, Sodaro began a teaching career that would last thirty-three years. During that time he continued to write plays, often for schools or theatrical groups with which he worked. This led to his first published play, "Forlorn at the Fort" in Plays magazine, a melodrama written for the Wyoming-based Frontier Outlaw Troupe which he directed for thirteen years. In 1976 his first full-length play, "Tea and Arsenic," appeared, and since that time he has had over one hundred plays published by various play publishers. His plays "Hush, Little Baby" and "Second Hand Kid" were performed in New York and Los Angeles, and his works have been produced around the world. Eight of his plays have recently been translated into Dutch. Sodaro now writes full time and lives in Pheonix with his wife, Sue.

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Depiction of a performance of the Mystery Play of Saint Clement in Metz during the Middle Ages.

Mystery plays (perhaps from the Latin "ministerium" meaning "occupation") and miracle plays (they are distinguished as two different forms[1] although the terms are often used interchangeably) are among the earliest formally developed plays in medieval Europe. Medieval mystery plays focused on the representation of Bible stories in churches as tableaux with accompanying antiphonal song. They told of subjects such as the Creation, Adam and Eve, the murder of Abel, and the last judgment.[2] Oftentimes they were performed together in cycles which could last for days.[3] The name derives from mystery used in its sense of miracle,[4] but an occasionally quoted derivation is from ministerium, meaning craft, and so the 'mysteries' or plays performed by the craft guilds.[5]

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"The Case Of The Prince Formerly Known As Hamlet" It's Hamlet as you've never seen it before, told through the eyes of one tough talking, hardboiled detective named Justin Thyme. Summoned to Elsinore by King Hamlet,, Thyme finds the old man dying and promises to help the king's son avenge his death. The problem is Thyme doesn't know who zotzed the old man. In his attempt to identify the killer and help Hamlet avenge the murder, Hamlet meets the King's widow who can't wait to bury the old man and marry his brother Claudius who, it turns out, wants Thyme dead; Prince Hamlet who doesn't know what he wants and a dame named Ophelia who wants everything including Thyme in this send up of both Hamlet and the hard boiled detective genre
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CASTING NOTE: While this plays seems to have a large cast, all, but the lead roles of Thyme, Hamlet, Ophelia and Gertrude, can be double or triple cast with actors playing multiple speaking roles as well as filling in as members of the royal court, the pirate crew and soldiers. Claudius, King Hamlet and the Ghost can, and probably, should be played by the same actor.

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