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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 shows."

- 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

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Joshua Koehn, Charles de Dumé, Shaun Kilburn, and Joshua Koehn

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!
Shane McClure

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park - University of Central Oklahoma - Nick Backes

Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc.



Shaun Kilburn
Joshua Koehn

Scott Langdon

Charles de Dumé


Director J. Shane McClure
Scene Design J. Shane McClure
Lighting Design Ben Hall
J. Shane McClure
Set Construction Ben Hall
Shaun Kilburn
Stage Manager Scott Langdon
Properties Joshua Koehn
Running Crew C. J. Krahulec
Sally Noakes
Light Operator Bob Bates
Costume Coordinator Mary Freeh


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