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The Garden Theatre is pleased to present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), from March 12-April 3, 2010 [Please note there is no show on Easter Sunday, April 4] at the Garden Theatre (160 West Plant Street, Downtown Winter Garden). Sponsored by CenturyLink, the Garden Theatre's presentation of Complete Works includes three talented improvisation actors from the Central Florida area - Jay Hopkins, Christopher Prueitt and Will Hagaman, and will be directed by local acting legend Richard Width, who was recently touted in the Wall Street Journal for his direction of Hamlet. This play will mark the final production Width will direct before he moves back to his hometown of Califon, New Jersey.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a parody of the plays written by William Shakespeare with all of them being performed (in shortened form) during the show by only three actors. Typically, the actors use their real names and play themselves rather than certain characters. The fourth wall is nonexistent in the performance with the actors speaking directly to the audience during much of the play, and some scenes involve audience participation. The director and stage crew also may be directly involved in the performance and become characters themselves.

The script contains many humorous footnotes on the text that are often not included in the performance. However, improvisation plays an important role and it is normal for the actors to deviate from the script and have spontaneous conversations about the material with each other or the audience. It is also common for them to make references to pop culture or to talk about local people and places in the area where performance is done. As a result, each performance can be vastly different from another, even from night to night.


Located in the heart of historic downtown Winter Garden on Plant Street, the Garden Theatre is operated by the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit community organization which works to preserve local history and offers cultural theatric experiences unique to West Orange County and the citizens of Winter Garden. The theatre restoration project, which began in 2003, showcases an atmospheric theatre in a Mediterranean Revival style venue. The former single screen movie theater hosts live theatre, dance and music, cinema viewings, various community events and educational programs.

For tickets or additional information, contact the Garden Theatre Box Office at 407-877-GRDN (4736) or Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Garden Theatre Box Office, located at 160 West Plant Street.

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