Shakespeare in the Park
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
by Adam Long, Daniel Singer
and Jess Winfield
directed by Amy E. Sousa
August 15 - 24
A parody of ALL of Shakespeare’s
plays in 97 minutes flat
Three overachieving actors attempt to perform all 37 of Shakespeare's plays in one fast-paced, witty and physical performance! It’s an evening of laughter for Shakespeare lovers (and haters) alike. Marvel at the shortest-ever Hamlet, clocking in at 43 seconds -- you can time it! Our talented troupe will have you guessing at characters and quotes and joining in with playful audience participation.
Location: Chetzemoka Park, Jackson & Blaine Streets, Port Townsend
Time: Show at 6:00 p.m., seatting begins at 5:30 p.m. Show runs about two hours, including one intermission.
Ages: Family-friendly, suitable for all ages.
Duncan Frost (*)
Anthony Phillips (*)
* Performing by Special Appearance Agreement with Actors' Equity Association,
the union of
professional actors and stage managers.
Director – Amy E. Sousa
Costumes -- Colleen Dobbin
Set -- Terry Tennesen
Fight Choreography -- Ben Rezendes
"Port Townsend is a maritime town done right... If you're visiting in August, the town's "Shakespeare in the Park" series is a must-see, highlighting the theatrical, literary culture that defines Washington."
-- Fodor's / CNN Travel -- "America's Best Small
Following the success of “The
Trojan Women”, Key City Public Theatre rolls out another play as part of
its popular "Shakespeare in the Park" outdoor theatrical experience.
With “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”, comedy will take its turn on the outdoor stage at Port Townsend’s waterfront Chetzemoka Park over two weekends in the middle of August.
Shakespeare in the Park is a summertime family tradition,
so bring your blanket, a picnic, and prepare to laugh
as we lampoon the greatest
playwright of all time!
From August 15-24, A modern Shakespeare spoof
concludes KCPT’s popular Shakespeare in the Park series at Chetzemoka
park. Three overachieving actors attempt to perform all 37 of the
Bard’s plays in one fast-paced, witty and physical performance! “The
Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is directed by Amy
Sousa and features Duncan Frost, Anthony Phillips and Ben Rezendes.
The play is sponsored by Sunshine Propane.
The theater’s season sponsors are Alchemy Bistro & Wine Bar and SOS Printing.
Concurrently running at Key City Playhouse is the Key City Cabaret, “Broadway Music & Memories,” Saturdays and Sundays Aug. 2-31.
“Controlled Comedic Chaos”
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” was first performed by its authors, Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. After running at the Criterion Theatre in London for nine years it has become one of the most popular stage parodies of all time.
Featuring the world’s shortest performance of Hamlet (43 seconds!), “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is a hysterical lark through all of Shakespeare’s Histories, Comedies, and Tragedies.
“Complete Works” is known for its uproarious improvisation, which allows the actors to interact with the audience and incorporate local culture into their performances. Shakespeare in the Park alum and Port Townsend native, Ben Rezendes, says “This show was written to be adapted to the performers….Throughout the play there are a huge amount of jokes that we have taken the liberty of changing, adding and cutting based on our group dynamics.”
Actor Anthony Phillips adds, “we
have found many places to make [Port Townsend] as much a character as we
Of the unique relationship between the performers and the audience, Phillips says, “Let it be known that Shakespeare’s company looked their audience in the eyes and that this show is truly a tribute to Shakespeare, because it asks us to do the same.”
The play is directed by Amy E. Sousa and stars Duncan Frost, Anthony Phillips, and Ben Rezendes.
Set design is by Terry Tennesen. Costumes are by Colleen Dobbin. Fight Choreography is by Ben Rezendes.
Running time is about two hours, including one intermission.
Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating on the grass and to dress warmly for when the sun goes down. Picnic fare is welcome. Proceeds from a concession stand with hot dogs, beverages and light refreshments will go toward Key City Public Theatre's Scholarship Fund.
For those with limited mobility, golf cart transport will be provided from the park entrance at Jackson and Blaine Streets down the hill to the performance venue.
Shakespeare in the Park performances run Aug. 15-24 outdoors at Chetzemoka Park, Fridays through Sundays at 6 p.m. (Open seating begins at 5:30 p.m.).
Admission is by suggested donation of $20-24 or $10 for students. Advance tickets are available from the playhouse box office at 360-385-KCPT (5278), or here online.
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