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Readers Theatre to Present ‘The Compleat Works Of William Shakespeare’ Feb. 24-26

Posted on January 28, 2011 in: Academics

The case (front row, from left) Mary Davis, Adam Butler, Erin Fitzgerald, Jill Jacobs, Matt Dargen, Niles DesMarais, David Fauntleroy; (back row, from left) Beth Thompson, Devin Devine, and A.J. Hostak. Photo by Zak Berlat.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University Readers Theatre will present “The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare” * (abridged) at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24, 25 and 26 in the Magnuson Theatre located on the main floor of College Hall at the University. Admission is by free-will donation with proceeds to benefit St. Aloysius Gonzaga High School in Nairobi, Kenya, a Jesuit school educating girls and boys orphaned by AIDS.

“Compleat Works” is a creation of the “Reduced Shakespeare Company,” which began in 1981 in California as a trio of starving, but very creative Shakespearean actors.  It’s a wild, fast-paced, laugh-filled romp through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays with special emphasis on “Hamlet” as the funniest play ever written. Its creators and other companies worldwide have performed the play.

Don’t miss the chance to join the Gonzaga Readers Theater Project for this wild whirlwind tour through the works of England’s greatest playwright. Learn how all 16 of Shakespeare’s comedies are in essence the same. Discover why his tales of English history would be perfectly at home on ESPN. Uncover which of his immortal tragedies would make a great cooking show.

The production is directed by Rev. Kevin Connell, S.J., principal of Gonzaga Prep, whose career as Shakespearean actor includes roles ranging from Macbeth to the Second Sailor in “Twelfth Night” at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

The cast includes 10 Gonzaga University undergraduates, ranging from freshmen to seniors. Many of the actors have appeared in numerous theatrical and comedy improvisational productions at Gonzaga and some of them just wandered into auditions and are making their first appearance on a GU stage.

Tickets are available at the door only.

* ( ‘Compleat’ is the correct spelling for this word in the title of this production.)

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