Modern Shakespeare Adaptation
Students will produce a written script for a modern adaptation of a Shakespearean comedy/tragedy. Students will present their modern adaptations of scenes from a Shakespearean comedy/tragedy. The presentation should include blocking and evidence of preparation. The themes/ideas of the play should be present, but should be retold in a new, innovative and creative manner.
Romeo and Juliet II.ii (Original Text):
With love's light wings did I o'er-perch these walls; And what love can do that dares love attempt;
Therefore thy kinsmen are no let to me.
For stony limits cannot hold love out,
Modern Translation (Student Script):
I’ve seen you around, haven’t I? You’re Romeo, right?
I’m whoever you want me to be.
How did you get in here? Seriously, the walls are like, really high. And if my dad catches you in here… he’s going to totally flip out.
I climbed over the wall, it’s no big deal. But seriously, you think a wall is going to keep me out? Girl, I’m like your Edward, nothing’s going to keep me from my Bella.
- Each group will consist of 5-6 people.
- The script must be typed and a copy must be provided at the time of performance.
- Use school appropriate language that is commonly used today.
- The play does not need to be translated line for line; however, make sure the important lines and details are translated into your script.
- Each group member must contribute to the translation of the script, as well as the performance of the scene.
- A program for the performance must be made which includes who is playing each role, the scenes listed, and a page that describes the production and its specific elements.