The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Pegasus Theater Company presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised], a madcap comedy written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, with two of the playwrights hailing from Sebastopol originally.
It opens May 16 and runs through June 8 at the Rio Nido Lodge. The show is directed by Nick Christenson and features Matt Cadigan, Clint Campbell and Freddie Lambert.
Lovers and haters of Shakespeare will both love this reduction of all 37 plays to 97 minutes. Even the bard himself would approve of this witty and sometimes raunchy Reader’s Digest version of his work.
So how do they do it so fast? After spending a whole 12 minutes on a version of Romeo and Juliet that you didn’t read in high school, they pick up the pace by rendering Titus Andronicus as a cooking show, Othello in rap lyrics, and polishing off all of the comedies (because they’re all essentially the same plot anyway) in 16 minutes. And all those plays about the English kings? Done as a football game with the crown being tossed from one to the next. Finally, they dispatch Hamlet, giving new meaning to the protagonist’s famous utterance, “What a piece of work is man.”
As one theater critic said, this is “[T]he funniest show you are likely to see in your entire lifetime.”
The Complete Works runs every Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m., and every Sunday at 4 p.m. All performances the opening weekend are pay-what-you-can; thereafter, general admission is $15, except the final matinee on Sunday, June 8, which is the Gala party. Wine sales are available at Saturday evening performances.
The Pegasus Gala Party begins at 3:00 p.m. The admission price of $30 includes scrumptious complimentary hors d’oeuvres, champagne and non-alcoholic beverages. Dessert will be served at intermission.
You can make reservations online here or by calling 583-2343. Reservations can be confirmed only if they are made at least three hours before the performance.
The Rio Nido Lodge is two miles east of Guerneville. Take Canyon 2 Road off River Road, go past the Rio Nido Roadhouse and you’ll see a white Tudor-style building, the Rio Nido Lodge. There are two parking lots to the left of the building. We have a new entrance and lobby, so look for our sign on the left side of the building facing the parking lot.