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Interested in helping with an "existentialist" play about Richard III and Queen Margaret (and maybe others)?



I didn't know where else to put this on BLH, so it's a fanpost, or shouldn't be here at all.

BLHers are among the most diverse, and well-educated, of all the groups of people with whom I've had contact. That's the set-up, and the bait.

I'm sure many of you have read Shakespeare's Richard III, and have been following, as I have, the discovery last year of Richard's penultimate resting place in Leicester. Under a parking lot, no less, and was nearly destroyed by a 19th century plumber building a latrine.Perfect! Those of you who do, certainly also know of the on-going effort to rectify Richard's reputation as allegedly besmirched by Shakespeare, due to Thomas Moore's influence. That's the sweetener, and appeal to vanity and ego.

Many of you also know of some of those dramatic confrontations, in Richard III, between Margaret and Richard, and others; here are some of my favorite lines by Margaret: "Long die they happy days before thy death (Margaret)", "If you live lament. If die, be brief" (Elizabeth, to the Duchess of York);"Nor more can you distinguish of a man/Than of his outward show, which, God He knows,/Seldom or never jumpeth with the heart" (Richard, and much like some lines by Donne); "From forth the kennel of thy womb hath crept/A hellhound that doth hunt us all to death ... Thy womb let loose to chase us tom our graves" (Margaret, to the Duchess, Richard's mother); "Farewell, York's wife, and queen of sad mischance" (Margaret, to the Duchess); "Thou elvish-marked, abortive, rooting hog,/Thou that wast sealed in thy nativity/The slave of nature and the son of hell,/Thou slander of thy heavy mother's womb,/Thou loathed issue of thy father's loins,/Thou rag of honor ..." (Margaret, to Richard).

And so on. I haven't even gotten to Anne's line when she calls Richard a "defused infection of a man." Or Richard as a "bottled spider." He was quite a guy, at least according to Will.

So what is this all about? A proposal, and request for your collective help. I think that now, in the heat of discovery regarding Richard, and the ongoing revision of his historical reputation, a short, 1 - 3 act play would be fun to write.

It would feature (as I see it at the moment) Richard and Margaret, in a different light, talking about how his actions are being misread, misinterpreted, and will historically be distorted and blown out of proportion. Richard, in other words (and I am beginning to hate this term) will be in the midst of an "existential crisis," as he sees his life and legacy veering out of control. Margaret will in fact be sympathetic, though not a "friend" or comforter. This will develop and change

Much of this will be implied, and the play would be very "minimalist" a la "Waiting for Godot."

This is just an impulse, and may come to nothing, but I was wondering if anyone here is interested in developing this with me?

It would be relevant to boxing, because, well ... never mind.

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