101 Stage Adaptations

2 - NOIR HAMLET by John Minigan (Ep. 7)

October 20, 2022 John Minigan Episode 7
101 Stage Adaptations
2 - NOIR HAMLET by John Minigan (Ep. 7)
Show Notes

With Noir Hamlet, John Minigan managed to turn Hamlet into a short, fun comedy, and he stopped by the show to tell us how he did it. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Noir was the perfect genre to adapt Shakespeare's most famous play and why John has three versions of this script
  • the many Easter eggs hidden in the script of Noir Hamlet 
  • to what John attributes his Edinburgh Fringe success
  • TONS of writing tips

And more!

Resources Mentioned

New Play Exchange
Patrick Gabridge and Playwright Marketing Binge

For Fall 2022 only: Catch John's adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Greater Boston Stage Company. Streaming options available! 

About Our Guest

John Minigan’s Queen of Sad Mischance received the 2022 Judith Royer Award for Excellence in Playwriting from ATHE/The Kennedy Center, the 2022 Louise Wigglesworth Excellence in Playwriting Award from the Lab Theatre of Florida, and was a Gold Prize winner in the 2019 Clauder Competition for New England playwrights. He is a recent Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing and New Repertory Theatre Playwriting Fellow. His work has been included in the Best American Short Plays, Best Ten-Minute Short Plays, and multiple other anthologies. His full-length plays have been developed with Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Gloucester Stage Company, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Portland Stage Company, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference. His comedy Noir Hamlet was a Boston Globe Critics’ Pick, an Elliot Norton Outstanding New Script nominee, and named an EDGE Media Best of Boston Theater for 2018. In his time as a public high school teacher, John worked with students to devise more than twenty original works, including commissions and two overall winners of the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s High School Drama Festival. John is currently on the faculty of Emerson College and serves as a Dramatists Guild Ambassador for Greater Boston. 

Connect with Our Guest

Read John's plays at New Play Exchange
Twitter: @johnminigan
Instagram: @johnminigan

Connect with host Melissa Schmitz
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