SEPTEMBER 4 - OCTOBER 11, 2014
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]
By Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
Directed by Rick Shipman
ABOUT THE PLAY
Praised by the LA Times as “wildly funny” and the Montreal Gazette as “the funniest show you are likely to see in your entire lifetime,” this irreverent, fast-paced romp parodies all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in 97 minutes.
“If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!” - Today Show
September 4 - October 11, 2014
Preview Performances: September 4 and 5 at 7:30 PM
Opening Night Performance: Saturday, September 6 at 7:30 PM - Reception with the cast after the show
Closing Thursday Performance: Thursday, October 9 at 7:30 PM
Regular Performances: Friday and Saturday Nights at 7:30 PM, Sunday Matinees at 3:00 PM
Preview & Closing Thursday Tickets: $14
General Admission: $20
Students, Seniors 62+, & Military: $18
When I was asked to direct this show I emphatically refused. Three actors performing 37 plays in 90 minutes and the plays are by Shakespeare, the Bard himself? I mean, can you even begin to imagine the logistical and verbal disasters just waiting to happen in attempting such a thing as this? Not to mention my career and reputation? No, no way was I going to agree to that! And then, of course, I was “reminded” of some photos that Sabian had of me at a farm, and I relented. So I am proud to have directed this wonderful show, and I promise (hope) it isn’t a total disaster.
William Shakespeare and I have been friends for a very long time. I was in my first Shakespeare play in the 8th grade. I played Hamlet, and then later in that same year I played Romeo. Granted, I was horrific in both roles, and I had no idea what the hell I was saying, but a bond had been formed. I next performed in a Shakespeare play at age 36. I didn’t say it was a tight bond. Since then, I have performed in most of his plays and read or seen most of the others. That is why tonight’s performance will undoubtedly point up my great love for the artist, and his prolific canon of amazing work.
I couldn’t have begun such an insane undertaking without the help of some fine actors. And these three together have the talent of at least one fine actor. Seriously, these three gents were a joy to work with, and they are amazing! I don’t envy them. I also needed a fine stage crew, a determined costume designer, an awesome set designer, and a completely insane prop master with plenty of time to find everything we needed. I am happy to report I got them. Thanks to you all for the amazing jobs you have done.
Our play is set on our stage, here and now. But you will be transported through the magic of theatre and Mr. Shakespeare’s words to England, France, Italy, and a number of “magical” places. You will meet some famous people and some not so famous people on your journey tonight, but all of them are memorable. Thanks to everyone for believing in us, and thank you William (do you mind if I call you Bob?) for your amazing work. And now without further ado, we present “The Complete Works of William (Bob) Shakespeare Abridged (Revised)” We hope you enjoy!!
- Rick Shipman, Director
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Rick Shipman (Director) has been acting for 18 years. Most recently he appeared in LTW’s Mainstage productions of BOEING BOEING, THE CHOSEN, FALLEN ANGELS, THE FOREIGNER, HALF & HALF, THE DINNER PARTY, DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER, and A THOUSAND CLOWNS. He also directed LOBBY HERO for the mainstage. He worked in Tucson with Arizona Repertory Theatre in RUM AND COKE and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, The Rogue Theatre in THE GOAT and RED NOSES, Studio Connections’ SYLVIA, and Beowulf Alley’s DINNER WITH FRIENDS. Rick would like to thank the cast and crew of this wonderful production.
Patrick Burke is happy to perform with LTW again. He previously performed on the LTW Mainstage in THE FOREIGNER (Owen) and opening weekend performances of FALLEN ANGELS (Maurice). Prior to those productions, it had been over ten years since Patrick had been onstage as life had taken him in other directions. As Willy Shakespeare says, "All the world is a stage," and Patrick had been playing the roles of employee, husband, and father. Patrick would like to thank Sabian for keeping his email address as well as his wife Susan and twins Noah and Nathan for putting up with his crazy schedule over the last several months and allowing him the opportunity to be a part of this production.
Matthew C. Copley is a native Tucsonan and a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Theatre Education. While Matthew feels as though he has worked on and/or behind most of Tucson’s stages, he still yearns for more. Matthew most recently appeared in LTW's mainstage production of PHOTOGRAPH 51. Matthew has appeared previously at LTW in the Etcetera productions of ROMEO AND JULIET and also PLAYING WITH FIRE, for which he also designed and created the Special FX Makeup. Some of Matthew's additional acting credits include, Beowulf Alley's STONES IN HIS POCKETS, a.k.a. Theatre's REAL LIVE DEATH, Nathalia Ensemble's HOT L BALTIMORE, METAtheatre’s A MACBETH, and multiple appearances in Borderlands Theater's annual productions of A TUCSON PASTORELA. Matthew is thrilled to be re-united with Patrick Burke after ten years of wondering why Patrick wouldn't return his calls, but he is still not too sure about this Chris Moseley guy. Matthew would like to thank his two beautiful children and his one beautiful wife for their never-ending love and support.
Chris Moseley is happy to be returning to LTW. He was last seen in THE COCKTAIL HOUR. Chris received an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater, and is currently the theater arts director for two high school theater programs: Palo Verde Magnet and Catalina Magnet High Schools. Other productions Chris has been involved in at LTW are MURDER ON THE NILE; BEAU JEST; BELL, BOOK, AND CANDLE, and CLOUD NINE.