Brought to you by the same guys who starred in the PBS film version of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), this highly-imaginative, vaudeville-infused comedy tells the not-quite factual (well, not at all factual) story of an ancient manuscript purported to be the first play by William Shakespeare. Using questionable scholarship and street-performer smarts, a trio of comic actors will throw themselves into a fast, funny, and frenzied festival of pure hilarity.
Director — Christopher Edwards
Scenic Designer — Jo Winiarski
Costume Designer — Alex Jaeger
Lighting Designer — William Kirkham
Sound Designer — Barry G. Funderburg
Stage Manager — Terence Orleans Alexander*
There will be one intermission.
Riley Shanahan • Marco Antonio Vega • Luke Striffler
. . . playing in order of appearance . . .
Dromio of Syracuse
Sir John Falstaff
Timon of Athens
Dromio of Ephesus
The director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.
The scenic, costume, lighting, and sound designers are represented by the United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 of the IATSE.
Videotaping or other video or audio recording of this production is strictly prohibited.
Folger Shakespeare Library Editions are the official Complete Works resource for this play.
William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) was first performed by the Reduced Shakespeare Company at The Folger Theatre (Janet Alexander Griffin, Artistic Director) April 21–May 8, 2016.
Directed by the authors, the script was workshopped and developed in a non-RSC production at Shakespeare Napa Valley (Jennifer King, Artistic Director), June 26–July 12, 2015 and Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (Grant Mudge, Producing Artistic Director) August 4–30, 2015.
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Top photo: Riley Shanahan (left) as Riley and Marco Antonio Vega as Marco in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 production of William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged).
July 28 – October 21, 2017
Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre
By Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor
A hilarious send up of Shakespeare, his plays, and Shakespearean scholarship, this play (much like The Complete Works of William Shakespeare abridged) contains some sexual and scatological humor. It may not be suitable for preteens.