The Edwin Booth Plays

      ​by Angela Iannone

​​The Edwin Booth Plays highlight the life and art of America's greatest Shakespearean. Brisk, exciting and fascinating, each play in the series can be performed by itself if desired. 


The Plays;  

                                The Edwin Booth Company Presents

                                The Seeds of Banquo

                                This Prison Where I Live

                                Irving & Booth in Othello




Play one- The Edwin Booth Company Presents- It is 1858, and young Edwin Booth, on the brink of celebrity and success, arrives at the Boston Museum Theatre with his company to prepare for his engagement of shows. When his leading lady falls ill, he and his company must replace her , and the only actress available is Edwin's former fiancee, the headstrong Mary Devlin. In just the few hours before curtain up, Edwin and his company must rehearse "The Taming of the Shrew" and convince the shattered couple to re-unite. This show is crafted specifically for colleges and Shakespeare Festivals. It features terrific roles for a mixed-age company, requires strong ensemble work, strong Shakespeare skills and offers excellent research opportunities for the cast. The Edwin Booth Company Presents is a fast-paced, romantic and fascinating script. 

Cast of 17  Run time; 2 hours, 15 minutes ( with an intermission)

12 men, 5 women- no doubling.  Age range-teenager to 60's. 

One set, minimal furniture, minimal props

Period costumes, minimal changes

Stage combat

*Perusal copies available via Paypal. Look next to the slideshow for each play. 

* Inquire for performance rights and royalty fees. angela@theedwinboothplays.com 


Play two- The Seeds of Banquo- 1870, and Edwin Booth is now the owner/manager of his own splendid theatre, The Booth Theatre in New York City. He is preparing for his third season, and planning to open with a lavish MacBeth, co-starring his friend Lawrence Barrett. His second wife, Mary McVicker Booth, is expecting their first child, and Edwin struggles with the role of MacBeth, the madness descending on his wife, and the jealous machinations of his Banquo,  Lawrence Barrett. His leading lady, the excellent Mrs. DP Bowers, is unwilling to take his direction, and the musical theatre actor, Owen Fawcett, won't leave the theatre. Haunted with ghosts of his own, Edwin must deal with this dark and cursed play. The Seeds of Banquo requires strong Shakespeare work and stage combat skills and has terrific roles for men and women. 

Cast of 5- 3 men, 2 women- no doubling. Age range- 18-40's. 

One set, minimal furniture, minimal props, minimal costume changes. 

Period costumes. 

Stage combat; Run time 2 hours and 10 minutes ( with an intermission)

*Perusal copies available via Paypal. Look next to the slideshow for each play. 

*Inquire for performance rights and royalty fees. angela@theedwinboothplays.com 


Play three- This Prison Where I Live-1879, and Edwin Booth is preparing for his opening at The McVicker Theatre in Chicago in the role of Richard II. He is plagued in his preparations by the ghost of his younger brother, John Wilkes, and the ghost of  his beloved first wife Mary Devlin and nearly destroyed by his current wife, Mary McVicker Booth, who is descending into madness. Beset with fits of panic and grief, he takes refuge at the theatre, until a strange young man interrupts him, and sets in motion an event that will either ​change him or destroy him. This Prison Where I Live offers terrific roles for the entire cast, and requires strong Shakespeare skills. 

Cast of 5- 3 men, 2 women- no doubling. Age range-20's-40's

One set with minimal changes. Minimal props, one costume change (for Edwin)

Period costumes; Run time 2 hours ( with an intermission) 

*Perusal copies available via Paypal. Look next to the slideshow for each play. 

*Inquire for performance rights and royalty fees. angela@theedwinboothplays.com 


Play four- Irving & Booth in Othello- In 1881, Edwin Booth is in the middle of a disastrous engagement in London, England and seeks out the help of eminent English actor Henry Irving and his leading lady, Ellen Terry. Edwin and Henry Irving decide to mount an historical production of Othello, with Irving and Booth switching off the roles of Othello and Iago weekly. Irving's imposing house manager, Bram Stoker and Ellen Terry must convince the temperamental and jealous Irving of the wisdom of such a venture, and Edwin must adapt his lauded interpretation of Iago to the vagaries of the British style. Irving & Booth in Othello offers a delightful blend of comedy and dark undercurrents. It is a terrific showcase for four strong performers. Dialect skills, strong Shakespeare skills and stage combat skills required for this show. 

Cast of four- 3 men and 1 woman-no doubling. Age range-30's-50's

Minimal set- two painted backdrops required, minimal furniture, minimal props

Costume changes for Ellen Terry, Edwin Booth and Henry Irving. 

Period costumes. Run time 2 hours ( with an intermission) 

*Perusal copies available via Paypal. Look next to the slideshow for each play. 

​*Inquire for performance rights and royalty fees. angela@theedwinboothplays.com