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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

August 14, 2014

This original theatre production is a fast-moving comedy that parodies all of the Shakespeare plays, plus the sonnets. In some cases, actors paraphrase Shakespeare's lines: 'A nose by any other name would still smell,' from 'Romeo and Juliet,' and 'To sleep perchance to snooze,' from 'Hamlet.'

University Center for the Arts
University Theatre
1400 Remington Street

All 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in 90 minutes! An irreverent, messy, fast-paced romp, The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)  was London’s longest-running comedy, running nine years in the West End at the Criterion Theatre.

Performance dates

  • Aug. 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, and 31, 7 p.m.

  • Sept. 4, 5, 6, and 7, 7 p.m.

For what has become an exciting annual tradition, the theatre program at Colorado State University presents this year’s annual Shakespeare at Sunset production, featuring The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). The show runs Thursdays through Sundays, Aug. 21 through Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.

Every performance different

“Every performance will be different,” said director and new CSU faculty Garrett Ayers. “That’s the nature of Shakespeare – we know the texts so well, but making it our own, especially in this collective piece, will be what people remember.”

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) parodies the plays of the beloved bard with all of them being performed (in comically shortened or combined form) by only three actors.

The fourth wall is no object in this performance, with actors speaking directly to the audience, including the involvement of some audience members in the action. With hilarious footnotes and contexts from the original texts, improvisation also plays a key role where deviation from the script and pop culture references are expected.

As the production makes its way through Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies with a trio of madcap men (and women) in tights, enjoy the zany, hilarious, wild journey through these classics, including the world record for the shortest-ever performance of Hamlet, clocking in at just about 43 seconds, as well as the fastest performance of Hamlet backwards, at 42 seconds.

“It’s going to be a wild ride,” noted Ayers. “You won’t want to miss it.”

Two casts: All female/all male

CSU’s production boasts two different casts (one all-female, one all-male), both of which will leave you shaking with laughter. How does the show change with the different casts?  You’ll have to come to both to find out!

Tickets

  • $8/CSU students
  • $8/youth (under 18)
  • $18/adult

Purchase tickets

Tickets are available at the ticket office in the UCA lobby 90 minutes prior to any UCA performance and through intermission or online. Information about upcoming performances can be found at (970) 491-ARTS (2787). Advance or online purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

Ticket Thursdays: Free/CSU students: Aug. 21, 28, Sept. 4
Ticket Sundays: Free/community members: Aug. 24, 31, Sept. 7 (Tickets Sundays are sponsored by Fort Fund.)

Free ticket offer space is limited and tickets are available on a first come, first served basis online or at the Ticket Office.

The 2014-15 Theatre Schedule

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
October 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 7:30 p.m.

A Year with Frog and Toad by Robert & Willie Reale
Nightly: December 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: December 6, 7, 13, 14, 2 p.m.

The Hobbit by Patricia Gray
Nightly: April 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, May 1, 2, 3, 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: April 25, 26, May 2, 3, 2 p.m.


Contact: Mike Solo
E-mail: mike.solo@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-5293