Monday, February 13, 2012

Shakespeare in Cricket County

A cover commission for a play by Eddie McPherson. The synopsis goes something like this:
Shakespeare? Elkin Taylor and his kinfolk down home in the hollow never heard of him. When city-cultured Mrs. Featherred hears about Elkin’s huge inheritance, she visits Cricket County with two Shakespearean actors eager to get an endowment for her theatre. But when “Romeo and Juliet” perform with their lofty language, the kinfolk haven’t a clue about what is going on. Even their confused dog, Mudhole, attacks them. Pile on one silly misunderstanding after another and mix it together with madcap action, you have a hilarious hillbilly play that’s fun for both the performers and the audience.

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