“The Reduced Shakespeare Company has always been a hybrid of highbrow and low humor, and this show hits that sweet spot to appeal to all comers.” – DC Theatre Scene
“There’s no need to brush up your Shakespeare to enjoy William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)!” – DC Metro
El Paseo Arts Foundation proudly hosts this acclaimed production of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)! on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 6th and 7th, 2018, at the SPI Convention Center. Created by the Reduced Shakespeare Company, the comedy features a stellar cast of three writers and Co-Directors – Austin Tichenor, Reed Martin and Teddy Spencer, playing themselves. The play imagines them just returned from a tour in London, where, buried under a parking lot in Leicester, they found a 100 hour long manuscript written in the 17 year old Shakespeare’s very own hand (a “Faux-lio” if you will). With The Long Lost First Play of William Shakespeare (abridged), the Reduced Shakespeare Company reigns supreme as the undisputed masters at reimagining the Bard into hilarious entertainment. This is Shakespeare that even a disinterested teenager will be hard pressed to sleep through as plot gimmicks and quotes from the Bard’s plays are manipulated into a hilarious show that is certainly a laugh a line.
This “first play” places 1,639 of Shakespeare’s character together in one universe, which continuously references itself and imagines them messed up in a feud between Shakespeare’s most famous sprites, Puck and Ariel. Every iconic Shakespearian plot device is in the show: ancient grudges, unsettled ghosts, mistaken identities, magical spells, powerful tempests, devastating shipwrecks, men dressed as women, spontaneous breaking into song, and twins, twins, twins. There are even kazoos, puppets and water pistols. And if you’ve ever wondered how many ways one can riff on “to be or not to be,” the answer is – a lot. And they are all hilarious.
Since the acting troupes “pass-the-hat’ origins in 1981, the Reduced Shakespeare Company has created ten world-renowned stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots, and numerous radio pieces, all of which have been performed, seen, and heard the world over. The company’s itinerary has included stops off-Broadway, at the White House, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London’s West End, the Seattle Repertory Theatre, the American Repertory Theatre and Montreal’s famed “Just For Laughs” Festival, as well as performances in Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malta, Singapore and Bermuda, plus countless civic and university venues throughout the USA, the UK, and Europe.
The company’s first three shows, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged!), The Complete History of America (abridged) and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) ran for nine years at the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus. They were London’s longest-running comedies, and the RSC had more shows running in the West End than Andrew Lloyd Webber. They were also funnier. If you like Shakespeare’s work now, you’ll like the show. If you hate Shakespeare, you will love William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged).
The Curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m. on February 6th and 7th at the SPI Convention Center. A cash bar will be available before the show and at intermission. Tickets for The Long Lost First Play of William Shakespeare (abridged) are $30 per person and $25 per person for El Paseo Arts members. Tickets are available for purchase at Paragraphs Book Store, S.O.S., PadreRitaGrill, the Art Gallery in Lighthouse Square, and online at http://www.elpaseoarts.org. .
Don’t miss William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged). It’s a chance to laugh from beginning to end, and it’s a unique opportunity to see three insanely talented actors (equal emphasis on “insane” and “talented”) deliver a glorious mishmash of Shakespeare’s most famous lines and characters.