“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” coming soon
Posted at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2022
The LaFayette Society of Performing Arts will soon premiere “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”. The play takes Shakespeare’s iconic literature and turns it into physical, fast-paced, witty comedy.
Originally written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield in 1987, the play was written as a parody of Shakespeare’s 37 plays, all performed in shortened comic form by three to 20 actors.
Historically, the play would become world famous and earn the title of London’s longest-running comedy.
“Playing Shakespeare’s 37 plays and 154 sonnets in less than two hours is definitely going to be a comedic undertaking,” said director Jeff Sargent. “You don’t have to know Shakespeare to enjoy this play. But if you know Shakespeare, you’ll get a few more jokes.
The play is noted for the actors using their real names and playing themselves rather than specific characters from each play. The actors will speak directly to the audience for much of the play, and some scenes even involve audience participation. On occasion, the director and stage crew have been known to be directly involved in the performance and become characters themselves.
During the performance, improvisation plays an important role, and it is normal for the actors to deviate from the script and have spontaneous conversations about the material with each other or with the audience.
The cast of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare includes Beth McClanahan, Cathy Hunt, Melissa Stanley, Jackson Taylor, Ana Vega, Campbell Vice, Garrett Dye, Calvin Booth, John Barfield, Emmi Horlander, Garner Dorminy and James Dorminy.
“This show is absolutely hilarious whether you know Shakespeare or not. It’s very high energy and loud and very entertaining,” Hunt said.
McClanahan is an associate professor of mathematics at LaGrange College. In the past, she has played a lot. His role will mark his return to the theater after a long break. Hunt is the Troup County School Board President and has performed with the LSPA on several occasions, with her latest role being Joy in Shadowlands. James Dorminy is a longtime LSPA actor and has had the opportunity to play a diverse roster of characters.
Stanley is a math teacher at Callaway High School and thrilled to be able to express herself on stage. Taylor is a senior at Troup High School, and this production will be his 10e theater year. Vega is a freshman at Troup High School. This role will be his second, the first being “Elf the Musical”.
Vice is a junior at LaGrange High School and has recently appeared in three LSPA productions. Dye is a longtime cast member of LSPA, this will be his fifth LSPA production. Booth is an aspiring personal trainer and works to promote mental health for those working in the film and theater industry.
Barfield is a local artist who has a diverse theatrical experience with a few roles in the Lafayette Ballet Company. Horlander is a senior at LaGrange Academy, and this will be her first play as an actress for LSPA. Garner Dorminy is a senior at Springwood School and has been involved in theater for four years.
“It’s been wonderful working with this terrific cast,” Sargent said. “You will see new faces on the LSPA stage as we continue to grow our business by inviting new talent. We encourage people to come and be a part of our plays”
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” will premiere on the LSPA Stage on September 15 at 7:30 p.m. For more information on show times and to purchase tickets, visit www.lsparts.org.