Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
Directed by Nicole Capri
“This genial, determinedly goofy production...speaks, quite loudly, to the sophomore in all of us...with a gung-ho vitality that is often impossible to resist.” – New York Times
Life is short. The complete works of Shakespeare are long. Now all of the bard’s most familiar pieces are condensed into one hilarious rollercoaster spoof! Ending The Rep’s season is an entertaining romp on stage June 4 – June 29, 2014, as audiences will see all of Shakespeare’s plays, reduced in madcap fashion, in less than two hours.
Directed by Resident Director Nicole Capri, The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) is a parody of the plays of William Shakespeare, with all of them being performed in shortened and sidesplitting form.
Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield and first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987, The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) later played at the Criterion Theatre in London, where it ran for nine record-breaking years.
Rep Resident Director Nicole Capri
It has become one of the world’s most popular shows, playing frequently in a variety of languages, and is most notable for holding the (self-proclaimed) world record for the shortest-ever performance of Hamlet, clocking in at just 43 seconds. You don’t have to be a fan of Shakespeare, or even familiar with his plays, to enjoy this inventive, fast-paced comedy!
Avery Clark, Patrick Halley and Ethan Paulini. Photography by John David Pittman.
PERFORMANCES & SPECIAL EVENTS
PAY WHAT YOU CAN NIGHT
Wednesday, June 4 | 7 p.m.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette presents The Rep’s “Pay What You Can Night” on Wed., June 4 Patrons can pay any amount they wish for their ticket. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Box Office at 601 Main Street the day of the performance. The Box Office will be open from 9 a.m. until curtain. Tickets are limited to (2) two per person. Offer is based on seating availability.
PRESHOW DIRECTOR TALKS
Wednesday, June 4 and Thursday, June 5 | 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
A preshow talk will take place on the set of The Compleat Wrks Of Wlm Shkspr Abridged with Director Nicole Capri, Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and members of the creative team.
CLINTON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE Distinguished Speaker Series
Thursday, June 5 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Clinton School of Public Service, 1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock
Join Rep Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp as he hosts the cast from The Rep’s production of The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr Abridged for a panel discussion on this hilarious roller-coaster spoof of a play!
Arkansas Repertory Theatre works in partnership with the Clinton School of Public Service to participate in their Distinguished Speaker Series, hosting educational panel discussions on various Rep productions. The panel discussions are led by Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp and include insights from guest directors, actors and Bob himself on bringing compelling stories to The Rep stage. Call the Clinton School at (501) 683-5239(501) 683-5239 for reservations.
Friday, June 6 | 8 p.m.
Opening Night for The Compleat Wrks Of Wlm Shkspr Abridged will include a post-show reception with the cast immediately following the show. Complimentary champagne and light hors d'oeuvres will be provided.
Member Event: Shakespeare 411
Monday, June 9 | 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Meet & Greet
6:00 p.m. Discussion begins
Join Producing Artistic Director Bob Hupp as he presents an interesting and humorous abridged history about Shakespeare, his life and his works. Event is free to Members and $10 for non-member. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Schlafly Tasting sponsored by the Arkansas Times
Thursday, June 12 | 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy this exciting new brew from Golden Eagle, lite bites and live music in Foster's Bar sponsored by The Arkansas Times before The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) on The Rep's MainStage at 7:00 p.m.
The performance of The Compleat Wrks Of Wlm Shkspr Abridged on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. will be sign interpreted for the hearing impaired.
The Compleat Wrks Of Wlm Shkspr Abridged will run for four weeks with performances from June 4-June 29, 2014, Wednesday through Sunday.
Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening performances 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday evening performances 8 p.m. Sunday Matinees performances 2 p.m.