Shakespeare's Ophelia rises out of the water and cuts a new path for herself in a rough neo-Appalachian song-filled landscape in this new play by acclaimed US playwright Caridad Svich. This edition features a preface by Todd London and an interview with the author.
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The reviews for the performances for this play have not been great, but this play reads well. My school is putting this play on next year, which is how I came across it and purchased it. Otherwise, I never would've purchased it; I had never even heard of it. This play is very interesting, though, and I'm glad that I read it (regardless of my school's staging of it). This play is kind of like another Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, except this play is primarily from the perspective of Ophelia, Hamlet's tragic lover, and the play's events take place after her suicide. She has experienced a kind of rebirth, and she must learn how to survive in this new world. She finds herself surrounded by characters who are startlingly similar to the people she knew in her previous life, but, like the play and Ophelia's life, these characters are recreations of the old characters. The characters, yes, are somewhat similar, but what Caridad Svich does is portray the same characters in different lens. The play is a fairly feminist play, but it is very interesting, original, and provocative. I encourage you to read it. I wish the play was a bit longer so I could know the characters a bit more and understand their motivations a bit better. Note: what's also interesting about the play is that it is sometimes written in verse, and like the title says, it is a play with broken songs-each character sings at least one song, and the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern characters often throw one-liners at each other that are insightful.