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Beware the Ides of Adar - A Shakespearean Purim Shpiel

"The play's the thing to catch the conscience of the king." King Ahasuerus, that is. Beware the Ides of Adar: A Shakespearean Purim Shpiel retells the Book of Esther through the words of William Shakespeare. Composed nearly entirely of verses from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, Beware the Ides of Adarcaptures the drama, intrigue and emotion of the Book of Esther. With humor and wit, Beware the Ides of Adar is a clever read for Shakespeare enthusiasts and students of the Bible alike. As a Purim Shpiel, Beware the Ides of Adar can be easily produced with eight speaking parts and simple set and prop requirements. Staging suggestions are included at the back of the book. Classic artwork by Rembrandt and others illustrates the text. Whether staged as a shpiel or simply read for enjoyment,Beware the Ides of Adar is a beautifully presented tribute to the Book of Esther and Shakespeare.

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