1. Pick a big historical event with which, however mistakenly, people feel they are familiar. Alternatively, present an event so ridiculous it hardly matters.
2. Reduce it to six main characters (Henry the Whatever, fairies and/or transvestites).
3. One of the characters should seem ill at ease or out of place in his or her role (Richard II, Rosalind)
4. Insert play within a play to give people a second chance to figure out what’s happening (Pyramus and Thisbe).
5. Insert monologue by main character addressed to a significant object (crown, skull).
6. End in a blood bath.
Wild applause!!!
You wonder why more people don’t write these plays.