St. Michaels Middle High School Drama presents: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) Act I and The Actor’s Nightmare, directed by Carol Reed and Daniel Smith.
Performances will be held on Thursday, November 2nd at 7 pm, Friday, November 3rd at 7 pm, and Saturday, November 4th at 7 pm at the SMMHS Auditorium at 200 Seymour Ave. St. Michaels, MD 21663. Tickets are $5 students and $7 for adults.
About the Plays:
Reduced Shakespeare Abridged: 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 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. It quickly earned 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. Fast paced, witty, and physical, it’s full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.
The Actor’s Nightmare: An accountant named George finds himself inexplicably backstage one day. When he is confronted by the stage manager, it becomes apparent that he is the understudy for an actor who has apparently broken both his legs. The man must perform in his stead, but cannot remember attending any rehearsals or being an actor at all. To make matters worse, he is unable to get a straight answer as to what the play is. He attempts to improvise his lines; however, the play inconsistently shifts between scenes and in the final part of the play, the man is alarmed to learn that he is to play the part of Sir Thomas More – and the execution seems a bit too real for his liking.