Director praises “The One-Word Macbeth” as “one of the funniest things I have read”

I have a series of scripts in which I have taken classic works — usually by Shakespeare — and rendered them into scripts in which each character speaks a line of just one word.

The opening of “The One Word Macbeth” reads like this:

WITCH ONE: Thunder!

WITCH TWO: Lightning!

WITCH THREE: Rain!

WITCH ONE: Meeting!

WITCH TWO: Who?

WITCH THREE: Us!

WITCH TWO: Time?

WITCH ONE: Sunset!

WITCH TWO: Battle?

WITCH THREE: Finished!

WITCH TWO: Location?

WITCH ONE: Heath!

WITCH TWO: Subject?

WITCH THREE: Macbeth!

WITCH TWO: Ah!

WITCH ONE: Fair!

WITCH TWO: Foul!

WITCH THREE: Foul!

WITCH ONE: Fair!

A prospective director recently read this script (and a few others) and sent this praise:

“I’m pretty sure that One Word Macbeth is one of the funniest things I have read. So much so that I immediately handed it over to my stage manager with the instruction “You need to read this.” Then I just sat and watched her read it and laugh. (She agrees it’s hilarious!) I would LOVE to see the other ones. I just picture how it would play out on stage and it makes me happy. Also, I loved Hamlet Goes to Hollywood. So great!”

I’m hoping to get a production (or two) out of this.

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