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Not Your Traditional Shakespeare

February 6, 2013

William Shakespeare has long been regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language. However, in this day and age, gaining an understanding of his stories is not always easy with all of the "thees" and "thous" that are peppered throughout. For those who want to try and understand Shakespeare's works, you're in luck — Averett's theatre department will be performing the "Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23 in Pritchett Auditorium.

The Complete Works is a parody of the plays written by Shakespeare and most of the 37 plays are just mentioned and butchered. The play relies heavily on improvisation, allowing characters to have spontaneous conversations with each other or the audience.

"We do some great scenes from 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Hamlet,'" said Theatre Professor Richard Breen, who is directing the play. "Both are really funny. I just want to remind everyone that nothing is serious and nothing is beyond mocking. I think it is exactly what Shakespeare would have liked."

The play was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, former founding members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company. It was first performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1987.

Tickets, which may be purchased on the night of the performance, are $9 for adults and $7 for students/senior citizens.