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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - Abridged (Revised)- (Comedy)

By Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield

Directed by Todd Frymier

January 22, 23, 29, 30, February 5, 6, 2016

(Doors open at 6:15, Dinner at 7, Show at 8)


Hot Garlic Bread
Antipasto Salad
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Key West Blend Vegetables
Italian Crème Cake

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Reduced Shakespeare Company's classic farce, two of its original writer/performers (Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield) have thoroughly revised the show to bring it up to date for 21st-century audiences, incorporating some of the funniest material from the numerous amateur and professional productions that have been performed around the world.

The cultural touchstone that is THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) was born when three inspired, charismatic comics, having honed their pass-the-hat act at Renaissance fairs, premiered their preposterous masterwork at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. It quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, earning the title of London's second-longest-running comedy after a decade at the Criterion Theatre. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) is one of the world's most frequently produced plays, and has been translated into dozens of languages.

Featured are all 37 of Shakespeare's plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors. Fast paced, witty, and physical, it's full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) embodies one of comedy's most essential impulses: the adolescent urge to take a baseball bat to the culturally revered. A mix of pratfalls, puns, willful mis-readings of names and dialogue, clunky female impersonations, clean-cut ribaldry, and broad burlesque. The gung-ho vitality is impossible to resist. The conversion of the histories into a football game is very funny. So is a rap version of OTHELLO. HAMLET truly soars and allows the actors to come into their own as manic clowns. At its giddiest, its tone recalls the fabled Bullwinkle cartoon shows.” -Ben Brantley, The New York Times

This irreverent deconstruction of Shakespeare's work makes a dilly of poor Willy. A fantasia of zany energy that throws together Monty Python-ish drag and Mel Brooks-ish anything-for-a-laugh gags.”
-Michael Musto, 
New York Daily News


Fresh, energetic and funny. A wild and silly frolic.” -Pia Lindstrom, W N B C-T V

 Produced through special arrangement with
 Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. and The Reduced Shakespeare Company






Actor Bios

Michael Coale-

Michael Coale is thrilled to be returning to the Arena Dinner Theatre for this production. A recent transplant to the Fort, he was seen last year at Arena as Paul in Barefoot in the Park and at the Civic as Cliff in Cabaret. Other favorite roles include; Dromio of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors, Yvonne in Book of Liz, John in Baby with the Bathwater, and Pedestrian at Shootout (uncredited) in the 2009 film Public Enemies. Michael would like to thank everyone involved in this production for their hard work and dedication, his wife Allison for her support (helping him learn lines), and J. J. Abrams for saving Star Wars.

Jim Nelson-

 Jim Nelson is a Speech-Language Pathologist for Southwest Allen County Schools by day. At Arena, he has appeared as Robert in Boeing Boeing, a Clown in The 39 Steps, Stanley in Caught in the Net, Rick in The Nerd, and Banjo in The Man Who Came to Dinner. At First Presbyterian, he recently appeared as Jimmer in Escanaba in da Moonlight and, last year, played Charlie in The Foreigner. At IPFW, some of his appearances included Mickey in The Normal Heart, Teddy in The Homecoming, and Charlie in Working. At Civic, he has appeared in musicals including West Side Story, Can-Can, Oklahoma! (way back when). Thanks to all for coming out to see us!"


Christopher J Murphy-

Christopher J. Murphy is an award-winning actor and director whose works have been seen on such local stages as Arena Dinner Theatre, First Presbyterian Theatre, the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and the Fort Wayne Youtheatre.  Most recently, he directed FPT’s Escanaba in da Moonlight by Jeff Daniels and Arena’s Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike by Christopher Durang.  A random sampling of his credits include directing the summit city premieres of The Fox on the Fairway, The 39 Steps and Boeing Boeing as well as playing such roles as Lawrence Jameson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Maj. Warnie Lewis in Shadowlands and more than one spin in the wheelchair as the title character in The Man Who Came to Dinner.  Murphy has served as a Master Teacher with F.A.M.E. for the past eleven years and travels to Texas each year to teach musical theatre at Emmy Award-winner Mark Kistler’s performing arts camp.  Having seen (or at least seen posters for) many of Shakespeare’s plays over the years (not to mention performing in his high school production of The Merry Wives of Windsor), he is pleased to share his extensive knowledge of the Bard with Arena’s audiences. 


Todd Frymier (Director)

Todd is shy....but we're working on him......


Andrew Gross (Assistant Director)-

Andrew Gross (AD/SM) Andrew has done lots of shows at lots of theaters over lots of years. In fact, his first show with the Arena Dinner Theater was 37 years ago. And whether onstage or backstage, he is glad to be working at Arena. He would like to thank the zany director, Todd, and the even zanier cast, Jim, Michael, and Murphy for making the rehearsals as much fun as I am sure you will find the performances to be. And as always, Andrew would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support and encouragement. Enjoy the show!


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