Shakespeare Electronic Conference, SHK 7.0912. Wednesday, 4 December 1996.
From: Patrick Gillespie <
Date: Tuesdy, 3 Dec 1996 12:48:39 -0500
Subject: Triple Plotting?
Time Slover won Writer's Digest's 1996 Writing Competition with "March Tale", a
play about Shakespeare.
The following is from the Nov. issue of Writer's Digest:
.....Slover's play is a Shakespearean comedy that's also about William
Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth, and her friends and companions. "I've had an
interest in Shakespeare for years," Slover said. "And if I knew there was a
play about Shakespeare that had Queen Elizabeth in it, I'd want to see it,"
What's more, Slover "thought it would be interesting" to write his play in the
classic Shakespearean form, triple-plotting and all.
The structure appealed to stage-play judge James D. Wilson, who commented on
the play's juxtaposition of modern American culture with a period mentality....
This is the first time I've heard the expression "triple-plotting" used in the
same breath as "classic Shakespearean form". Can someone tell me what WD means
by "triple-plotting" and what *is* the "classic Shakespearean form"? I've often
heard the latter term but its meaning has been smudged by constant use, a bit
like "fascism". I wouldn't mind a brief explication to once again clear the
Also, is anyone familiar with Slover's play?