Shakespeare experiences love, betrayal in ‘The Parrot Tavern’

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David Wurtzebach's new book homages Shakespeare’s sonnets with play depicting iconic playwright in love triangle

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Author David Wurtzebach presents “The Parrot Tavern” (published by Xlibris), a two act play that is a fictionalized and often comic rendering of the love triangle alluded to in Shakespeare’s sonnets. The play portrays the iconic bard as an otherwise normal man who also happens to be one of the world’s greatest writers.

The play revolves around love and language, showing Shakespeare confronting recognizable and very human problems, while at the same time paying homage to the power and the delight to be found in his words. It follows the playwright during his early years in London and portrays a love triangle involving him, the Lord Henry Wriothesley and the Dark Lady – all in Elizabethan English.

Excerpt from “The Parrot Tavern:”

“WILL (to Dark Lady): My love, there is no trick, no secret. Indeed, what particulars there are, they are few in number. One, you need to play your notes with spirit, with hope. To these two you need add whate'er wit, craft, feeling you can muster. There. Now you know. No? Well, yes. There is more. A key of sorts and, ay, one with magical power does exist. But it lies not with you, the player. It belongs to the other.”

Well-written and highly imaginative, “The Parrot Tavern” offers an adventure-love story that at times evokes laughter, at other times quiet thoughts.

By David Wurtzebach
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 95 pages | ISBN 9781483655116
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 95 pages | ISBN 9781483655109
E-Book | 95 pages | ISBN 9781483655123
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
David Wurtzebach is married and the father of three grown children. In the early 1980s, his novel “Sizing Up Y” found an agent but no publisher. After spending the last 29 years as an employee of the US Post Office, he is now retired.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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