The Complete Novels of Jane Austen: Now New and Improved! a short comedy in one act by Hillary DePiano


Jane Austen squareThe Complete Novels of Jane Austen: Now New and Improved!
By Hillary DePiano

10-20 minutes
2-21+* actors possible
10w, 8m, 3e

Jane Austen is enjoying the hereafter just fine until her agent, Henry, insists she’s got to update her six classic novels to suit current tastes. In a fast-paced presentation, from soap opera to sitcom, paranormal romance to reality TV and more, Henry proposes New and Improved versions of Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey to replace the originals. Will Jane agree to overwrite the classics with Henry’s increasingly ridiculous proposals or will she find another way to keep her legacy trending?

*=This play is super flexible. Two performers of any gender can run around playing all the characters forensics style and go through the whole thing in about 15 minutes or you can cast more performers, add an ensemble, do all the optional bits, and it stretches into competition length.

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Posted on

July 29, 2016