HAMLET, THE PREQUEL
By Dwayne Yancey
Copyright 2004; all rights reserved.
(A young boy the young prince Hamlet is sitting in a sandbox, playing with toys, including a shovel. The court jester, Yorick, enters.)
YORICK: Theres my little man! How you doing, pal?
HAMLET (excited to see Yorick): Youre back!
YORICK: In the flesh! (He makes a silly face). Boogety-boogety-boogety!
(Hamlet laughs. Yorick makes another silly face).
You like that? Boogety-boogety-boo!
HAMLET: Where you been? Ive missed you.
YORICK: Oh, just resting my weary bones. Comedys hard work, you know. (He makes another silly face and noise.) Boogety-woogety who!
HAMLET: Tell me a funny story! Tell me a funny story!
YORICK (thinking): A funny story? Hmm. How about this: Ive got something better than a funny story.
HAMLET (excited): What?
YORICK (bending down): Here, get on my back. Ill give you a ride.
YORICK: All right? You on there good? Hold on tight now.
HAMLET: Giddy up!
(Yorick carries Hamlet around on his back. Yorick makes horse sounds. Hamlet laughs and shouts and slaps Yorick as if hes whipping a horse.)
Giddy up! Giddy up go! Giddy up!
(Hamlet mistakenly hits Yoricks head.)
YORICK (stopping abruptly): Ow!
(Yorick puts Hamlet down, and rubs his head.)
YORICK: You almost cracked my skull there.
YORICK: OK, new rule: You can ride, but no hitting, dig it?
HAMLET: Dig it!
YORICK: OK, back on.
(Hamlet crawls back onto Yoricks back. Servant enters.)
SERVANT: Yorick! Yorick? There you are. Ive been looking all over the castle for you. The king wants you, and boy is he in a bad mood over that whole Norway business. I sure hope you can cheer him up.
(Yorick puts Hamlet down.)
YORICK: Sorry, sport. Duty calls.
YORICK: Ill catch you later, OK?
HAMLET (sadly): OK.
YORICK: Dig it?
HAMLET: Dig it.
YORICK (To the servant): All right, lets go.
(Servant and Yorick exit. Hamlet returns to his sandbox, digging with the shovel. Lights fade out.)
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Cast of three 2 male, 1 non-gender
Yorick, the famous court jester
Hamlet, as a child
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