Elizabeth Shakespeare and the Astute Detective: Who Really Wrote Shakespeare's Plays?
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Finally after 400 years the truth is revealed. Who really wrote those “Shakespeare” plays? Santa Monica Playhouse invites you to find out in the world premiere production of playwright Abraham Alan Ross’s topical new play Elizabeth Shakespeare and the Astute Detective at Santa Monica Playhouse.
In Ross’s historically accurate romantic comedy, Elizabeth Shakespeare and the Astute Detective, The Astute Detective of the title, Tad Maxwell, an Oxfordian, believes that Edward de Vere, The Earl of Oxford was the true author of Shakespeare’s works. Via his computer he conjures up The Bard and The Earl from their four centuries’ demise. His sleuthing brings him into conflict with Elizabeth Shakespeare, sexy Stratfordian, who claims to be a descendant of the Bard and is willing to kill to protect his name. As Tad tries to coax Elizabeth to his point of view, she fights her physical (and mental) attraction to this romantic iconoclast. It gets down to a duel of wits about wills and Wills (with a little romance along the way). With much at stake, the eventual outcome will surprise, and delight, Oxfordians, Stratfordians, and even those who don’t know their “Othello” from their “Pericles.”