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April 11, 2013

Blinn Bryan Fine Arts presents: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)

Theatre Department concludes season with comedic spoof

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare

Fun and laughs help put a wrap on the third theatre arts season for the Blinn College - Bryan campus Division of Fine Arts, as "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)," runs April 25 – 27.  The play is a comedic spoof by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.

All performances are free and open to the public in the Bryan campus' Barbara L. Pearson Banquet Room, Building E Student Center (map). Curtain time is at 7:30 p.m.

A lightening comedic romp the play covers 37 Shakespeare works, launching with an eccentric version of Romeo and Juliet. Parodies follow, with Titus Andronicus portrayed as a cooking show, “Othello” follows, performed as a rap song, and Shakespeare’s kingly productions of “Richard III” and other works spoofed as a football game.

Fine Arts Instructor Greg Wise described the production as “irreverent and hilarious.”

“It’s a lot of fun,” Wise said. “It’s a lot like Monty Python meets Shakespeare.”

Wise also hinted that audience members will play a significant role in the production.

“There will be a part where audience members are asked to participate, which I think people are really going to enjoy,” Wise said. “The whole show makes for a really enjoyable evening with a lot of laughter.”

Anne Quackenbush, assistant lecturer of performance studies at Texas A&M University, will deliver a lecture about Shakespearean acting on April 25 at noon in the Barbara L. Pearson Banquet Room.

“I’ve acted with Anne for many years, and she will be great for addressing the importance of acting and embodying Shakespeare, rather than simply reading these plays,” Wise said. “As educators, we often do a great disservice to students by not letting them experience Shakespeare as he was meant to be experienced, and I’m excited about what Anne has to say.”

“The Complete Works…” will conclude a theatre season that entertained audience members with Steve Martin’s “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” “Trifles,” by Susan Glaspell and “Copenhagen,” by Michael Frayn.

For more information, visit: www.blinn.edu/Brazos/finearts, or contact Theatre Instructor Greg Wise at 979-209-7244 or greg.wise@blinn.edu.

GRAPHIC: The Blinn College – Bryan campus Division of Fine Arts finishes the 2012-2013 theatre season with “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” April 25-27.