Overview

REGIONAL PREMIERE

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.

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ARTISTIC STAFF

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.

CAST

Riley Shanahan • Marco Antonio Vega • Luke Striffler

. . . playing in order of appearance . . .

Chorus
Antipholus
Dromio of Syracuse
Puck
Oberon
Holofernes
Ariel
Hamlet
Lady Macbeth
Dauphin
Mistress Quickly
Sir John Falstaff
Proteus
Valentine
Juliet
Richard III

Beatrice
First Witch
Second Witch
Third Witch
Bottom
Viola
Cesario
Pompey
Cardenio
Pericles
King Lear
Prospero
Marina
Bear
Cleopatra
Richard II
 

Kate
Sycorax
Goneril
Cordelia
Regan
Henry IV
Henry V
Henry VIII
Malvoliago
Petruchio
Caliban
Julius Caesar
Timon of Athens
Dromio of Ephesus
and
William Shakespeare 

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The director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.

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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). 

Play Details

Dates
July 28 – October 21, 2017

Venue
Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

Author
By Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor

Director
Christopher Edwards

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Study Guide
Synopsis
Characters

Content Advisory
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.

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