Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)
By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
November 28 - December 20, 1997
Directed by Shane McClure
It's a wildly funny evening as three actors set
out to perform ALL of Shakespeare's plays (abridged, of course). The original production
at CST was so enthusiastically received that the show was revived the following season after our
move to Stage Center. Here's what the critics said of the play...
"...embodies one of comedy's most
essential impulses: the adolescent urge to take a baseball bat to the culturally revered.
A mix of pratfalls, puns, willful misreadings of names and dialogue, clunky female
impersonations, clean-cut ribaldry, and broad burlesque. The gung-ho vitality is
impossible to resist. The conversion of the histories into a football game is very funny.
So is a rap version of OTHELLO. HAMLET truly soars and allows the actors to come into
their own as manic clowns. At its giddiest, its tone recalls the fabled Bullwinkle cartoon
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times
"This irreverent deconstruction of
Shakepeare's work makes a dilly of poor Willy. A fantasia of zany energy that throws
together Monty Python-ish drag and Mel Brook-ish anything-for-a-laugh gags."
- Michael Musto, New York Daily News
Joshua Koehn, Charles de Dumé, Shaun Kilburn, and
Shakespeare is the world's greatest playwright
to make fun of. We do so only with the greatest respect for his writing, for the craft of
live theatre and for anyone who wears tights willingly.
I can only hope you, the audience will share
our ecstasy in the power, the wonder, the poetry and the downright funkiness of the dude
we call the Bard.
Peace, love and FREE WILLY!
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park - University of Central Oklahoma - Nick Backes
Produced by special
arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc.