Currently I have only read Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet so all my information/ideas are based on plot summaries from Sparknotes so please correct me if I am incorrect.
I have to write a short story ~2000-3000 words, creative writing that is, as a modern adaptation of a Shakespearean plays. I've looked through the tragedies that Shakespeare has written and I think I can create reasonable adaptations out of Coriolanus, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. Please advise me which adaptations are the most viable and offer the most chance for me to show off my skill in creative writing. I have ignored plays such as Julius Caesar and King Lear because they are far too long, have too many different perspectives or as in King Lear's case, the plot is stretched and seems to have no focal point to it.
- Board of Directors changes a company from private to public, angering Coriolanus and causing him to seek revenge, perhaps two rival pharmaceutical companies? (Competition is fierce, companies will be fictional)
- Change of friendships as a person gains popularity within a school, causing them to talk in different circles, ultimately being backstabbed by a person which helped them into the 'cool group' because they are jealous of the person's rise
- The wife is portrayed as a dictator, for example perhaps in the Middle East, similar to Gaddafi and his insanity? (Please note the problems associated with this for example my creative writing may be restricted by the need to stick to facts)
- Running for the leadership of a party and slandering/destroying the leader, similar to what is happening to Gingrich currently, although he isn't the forerunner
As a last resort, my backup is what the teacher suggested which is the parental/child conflicts in Romeo and Juliet between Juliet and her father, (something) Capulet.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you.