Shakespeare’s World Cup
Chris Coculuzzi, Matt Toner, and William Shakespeare
2002 Toronto Fringe Festival
July 3rd – 14th, 2002
Trinity College Field
Bedford/Bloor West (behind Varsity Stadium)
“You slave! You cur! …you base Football player!”
About the Play
Tragic dominance scores the Golden Goal at the prestigious EFA (Elizabethan Football Association) World Cup! When the tournament began the cleats were high and the iambic pentameter rolling as competing countries searched in vain for players tragic enough to endure scathing soliloquies and conniving corner kicks in the name of football glory; and after weeks of betrayal, deceit, murder, and mayhem four semifinalists remained: Team Denmark, Team England, Team Scotland, and Team Italy. Which squad of sure-footed Tragedians will prove that they have what it takes to reach the Finals and win the World Cup of Tragedy?
Upstart Crow Sports Network (UCSN) proudly brings you Shakespeare’s World Cup, a clever hybrid of improvised sporting play and spectacle theatre transforming Shakespeare’s top four tragedies (Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, and Othello) into live football matches. Tom Middleton joins Jack Falstaff to provide all the play-by-play colour commentary with interviews and updates from that on-the-pitch historian/reporter Raphael Holinshed, as Shakespeare’s top four Tragic teams kick out the blank verse for Top Tragic Cup!