The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0749 Tuesday, 11 April 2000.
Date: Monday, 10 Apr 2000 10:49:06 -0400
Subject: 11.0737 Another Contemporary Use of the Bard
Comment: Re: SHK 11.0737 Another Contemporary Use of the Bard
Yesterday I had the enormous pleasure of attending a staged reading of a
new screenplay, which the producers hope to have in production in
It's called The Bagel King, and it interweaves _Hamlet _ and the lives
of the students in the production. It is definitively NOT a film for
the adolescent audience despite the student focus, however; it's geared
for those who will appreciate the parallels between Jason Stein, the
protagonist, and Hamlet, Prince of Denmark-parallels noted through the
use of the Shakespearean text as well as through action. Prob. PG or
PG-13, based on what I saw/heard yesterday, however. (I do expect
Hollywood to insist on taking at least some of the scenes and nudifying
them, but that's not the current vision.)
While I have at home the complete treatment (one of the producers and
principals in Bagel Fish Productions is one of my close friends), I'd
rather leave the details vague for the moment. I will say that I was
moved both to laughter and to tears, that the adolescent characters are
absolutely accurate (and I teach that age group!), that the middle-aged
adults rang true to my equally middle-aged ears. The author and
director is Daniel Scott Fine, btw.
I believe their website has information on the screenplay:
www.bagelfish.com is the site. They're also eagerly soliciting angels
of various sorts.
I look forward w/ great eagerness to attending the premiere of this
film... and I am NOT a big movie person!
Marilyn A. Bonomi