Out of the Wings

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El otro William (1994), Jaime Salom Vidal


The play is divided into two acts. The beginning and end of the play are set in the present day. The rest of the play takes place during the late-fifteenth and early-sixteenth centuries.


Most of the play is set in the library of William Stanley’s castle. To the back of this room is a huge window that looks out to the castle gardens. The library contains bookshelves which move apart like doors when characters enter and exit the stage. The library has a writing desk on which sits a human skull and a tape recorder.

At the beginning and end of the play, William Stanley is dressed as a tour guide.

At the end of the first act, Shakespeare dresses up as a woman to introduce the play performed at William’s wedding.


On a number of occasions, the characters dance to music played on a tape recorder.

Cast number
Minimum Maximum
4 males 4 males
3 females 3 females
7 (total) 7 (total)
  • MARY

Entry written by Gwynneth Dowling. Last updated on 16 March 2012.

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