About The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is a play written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. It parodies the plays of William Shakespeare with all of them being performed in comically shortened or merged form by a small cast of actors.
The actors use their real names and play themselves rather than specific 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!
Improvisation lays 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 the play is being performed. As a result, each performance differs, even with the same cast.
In short, you never know what you're going to get with this play, but it WILL include all of Shakespeare's works... to one extent or another!
The Limelight Theatre Group
This theatre group was launched by a group of dedicated theatre artists who wanted to have an opportunity to work with a wider community of people to create a summer theatrical production in the Harrisonville/Cass County, Missouri area.
We are happy to be joining up with both the Harrisonville School district and Harrisonville Parks and Recreation, alongside of the grant we received from the Harrisonville Schools Foundation to launch this exciting project.
Our first project is this production of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED), directed by Beth Bloom Keith, at the Harrisonville City Park Amphitheater on August 2 & 3, 2019. We hope to see you there!