STORYLINE INTRODUCTION:It is modern day New York City. Senator Polonius Beckett (R-NY), with the help of his longtime adviser Claudius, is running for President of the United States. In the height of election season, Senator Hamlet Chilton (D-NY)-- Beckett's longtime political rival and Claudius's brother-- died suddenly of a heart attack just before securing the Democratic Nomination.
Hamlet's son, Jack Chilton, is a fantastic, unsuccessful musician struggling with depression and alcoholism after the sudden death of his father. His estranged mother, Gertrude, after Hamlet's passing became involved with his uncle, Claudius.
Polonius's children, Ophelia and Laertes Beckettwere left motherless over a decade ago. Laertes, ever protective of his father, his doing his duty as future-First Son, and does not believe his sister when she begins questioning the death of Hamlet Chilton-- the father of her boyfriend of four years, Jack.
JACK CHILTON (/1227658) /Son of Hamlet and Gertrude Chilton. Dating Ophelia Beckett. Is now seeing the ghost of Hamlet, who is telling him he was murdered by Polonius and Claudius, and is telling him to avenge him. [playby: john gallagher jr]
OPHELIA BECKETT (/1218266) / Daughter of Polonius Beckett, brother of Laertes Beckett. Future First Daughter of the United States. Dating Jack Chilton. Suffers from Bipolar I Disorder and frequent hallucinations. Recently suffered her first psychotic break. Becomes suspicious of Polonius and Claudius, who both are keeping her condition quiet from the press and doing whatever it takes to silence her. [playby: brie larson]
CLAUDIUS / Polonius's political adviser, future Chief Strategist to the President of the United States. Hamlet's brother. Romantically involved with his brother's widow, Gertrude. Mastermind behind Hamlet's murder. Will go at any lengths to secure presidency and silence Jack and Ophelia.[playby: kevin spacey]
GERTRUDE CHILTON / Hamlet Chilton's widow. Mother of Jack Chilton. Romantically involved with Claudius. Motives and intentions always questionable. Not close with Jack.[playby: robin wright]
POLONIUS BECKETT / Senator, future President of the United States. Father of Ophelia and Laertes. Very against Jack and Ophelia's involvement. Will go to any lengths to keep Ophelia's breakdowns from becoming public to the press. Extremely emotionally manipulative to Laertes.Murdered Hamlet Chilton with the help of Claudius. [playby: william h. macy]
HAMLET CHILTON / Deceased father of Jack Chilton and former husband of Gertrude Chilton. Former candidate for President of the United States.Murdered by Polonius and Claudius. His ghost visits Jack and tells him the truth. [playby: bryan cranston]
LAERTES BECKETT / Brother of Ophelia. Son of Polonius. Feels responsible for upholding family reputation. Close with Ophelia. Fiercely protective and defensive of his father. Wants to protect the family. [playby: miles teller]
HORATIO / Jack's best friend and closest confidant. Anti-government hacker working to expose political secrets. As Jack becomes more suspicious of Claudius, Horatio helps him uncover the evidence he needs.[playby: rami malek]
ORIGINAL CHARACTERS WELCOMED.
Multi-Para minimum. Novella+ welcomed. No word count minimum. Quality over quantity. We're all writers here.
Knowledge of the play/any adaptations not absolutely necessary. Just someone who will enjoy the role.
This is a small group roleplay, but that does not mean you are restricted to the group. Grow and adapt the character as you like.
Writing gets dark, shit gets dark, we all can get dark. Don't be afraid to go where you need to go.
Not a requirement to talk OOC, but it's absolutely welcomed if you do.
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