Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) Opens Tomorrow, 7/25
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company begins gearing up for the 2014-2015 season with the audience favorite of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. This wacky comedy condenses all thirty-eight of Shakespeare's plays into just ninety-seven minutes. Featuring Jeremy Dubin, Justin McCombs and Nicholas Rose, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" opens July 25, 2014 and runs through August 16, 2014 and is directed by Artistic Associate, Sara Clark. This show is back by popular demand having not been seen on the CSC stage since 2012!
"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" features three actors on a mission: to bring the entirety of Shakespeare's canon to the stage in a single evening of theatre. Follow along as they careen wildly through all the comedies, histories and tragedies using a trunkful of props, wigs, and ridiculous costumes. Full of clever quips as well as silly slapstick, the script's affectionate and irreverent treatment of Shakespeare's plays has made it one of the most popular shows in America and England. Previous productions at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company have broken box office records and the title is one of the most requested by audience members.
Authors Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield formed The Reduced Shakespeare Company in Los Angeles in 1981 and debuted "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" in 1987 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As they began touring the United States, the RSC and the play gained critical acclaim, praised by The Los Angeles Times as "wildly funny" and in the Montreal Gazette as "the funniest play you are likely to see in your lifetime." In 1996, after years of touring the United States and abroad, they opened an extended run of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" and "The Complete History of America (Abridged)" at the Criterion Theatre in London's West End. In 1997, the play was nominated for England's prestigious Olivier Award for Best Comedy.
This production features long time ensemble members Jeremy Dubin, Justin McCombs and Nicholas Rose. Jeremy Dubin. Fourteenth year company member, Jeremy Dubin is an audience favorite, bringing down the house nightly in comedic roles such as Elyot in "Private Lives", John Worthing in "The Importance of Being Earnest" and Sherlock Holmes in "The Hound of the Baskervilles". This will be his first time taking the stage in "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)." He is joined by "Complete Works" veterans, Justin McCombs who delighted audiences all last season as Sir Andrew in "Twelfth Night" and as Justin in "Every Christmas Story Ever Told" and Nicholas Rose who played Richard Hannay in last season's sold-out hilarious hit, "The 39 Steps". They are directed by Sara Clark
Performances of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" are scheduled from July 25- August 11, 2014 on Thursday,Friday & Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Preview performances are on Wednesday July 23 and Thursday July 24 at 7:30pm and tickets are $21. The theater is located at 719 Race Street, downtown Cincinnati, two blocks west of the Aronoff Center. Single ticket prices range from $22-$31 on Thursdays and Sundays and from $26-$35 on Fridays and Saturdays. This this show, subscribers are offered a special price of $20 per ticket. If available, $14 student rush tickets may be purchased 30 minutes before a show with a valid student ID. Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted. Ticketing fees may apply. Discounts are available for students, seniors and groups as well as Enjoy the Arts and AAA members. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the CSC Box Office at 513.381.BARD (2273) ext. 1, or go online at www.cincyshakes.com.
Photo Credit: Rich Sofranko