The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF), in association with Shakespeare Napa Valley, announces the arrival of esteemed visiting artists Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor and their latest laugh-out-loud comedy, William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged).

From today, August 4, through August 30, fast-paced hijinks ensue as three gifted comedians discover what appears to be Shakespeare's first manuscript, a masterwork containing familiar characters and all the Bard's best dramatic devices. The actors throw themselves into a fast, funny, and frenzied festival of physical finesse, witty wordplay, and plentiful (pitiful) punning as they "speed through the talky bits" and play out this "first-draft version of Shakespeare." Peppered with both parodies of the playwright's greatest moments and pop-culture references, this "long-lost" play proves perfect for Shakespeare geeks and newcomers alike. See it here before the world premier at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Martin and Tichenor's irreverent abridgments have been performed on five continents, at the White House, the Kennedy Center, and as part of China's Wuzhen International Theater Festival. Stars of the PBS version of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), the comic duo has also appeared on NBC's Today, CBS Sunday Morning, Entertainment Tonight, CNN's Showbiz This Week, and NPR.

Where: Philbin Studio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

When: August 4-30

Tickets: $10-30 general admission

Learn more about Martin and Tichenor's hilarious new comedy! Join them on Wednesday, July 29, for a one-night-only event, Beyond the Stage: An Evening With Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. Hear the co-writers and directors discuss their careers as professional abridgers and see highlights from William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged).

Where: Philbin Studio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

When: Wednesday, July 29, 7:29pm

Tickets: $10 general admission

If playing a part in the comedy is more your style, we welcome you to join Martin and Tichenor for a 90-minute masterclass in improvisational comedy technique on Saturday, August 1 at 11:00am.

Where: Philbin Studio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

When: Saturday, August 1, 11:00am

Tickets: $10 general admission

Visit http://shakespeare.nd.edu/tickets/ for more information including show times and ticket prices.

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