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Students present "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged" April 18 and 21

Jon Aguilar

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged”: Improv meets the man from Stratford on Avon on April 18 and 21

Forest City, Iowa – On April 18 at 8 p.m. and April 21 at 2 p.m. in the Box of Black at Waldorf College, three wenches will tell a story that has stood the test of time. "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged” by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield condenses the works of the Bard into about 90 minutes.

This all-nonsense production directed by Waldorf student Jon Aguilar can be described as an unholy union of “Shakespeare for Dummies,” “Monty Python” and “Whose Line is it Anyway.” “The Complete Works” aims to reach the heart of Shakespeare’s works by slicing away the unsightly fat of the thick confusing language into something that just about anyone can relate to.

Originally set with a cast of three fellows dressed in ridiculous costumes and silly wigs, this take will feature three wenches, also dressed in ridiculous costumes and silly wigs.

Adam – Lauren Schryver of Farmington, N.M.
Jess – Kaylin Tlam of Dunnell, Minn.
Daniel – Emily Anderson of Rosemount, Minn.
Director, Design, Publicity – Jonathan Aguilar of Britt, Iowa
Stage Management – Kelsey Sollish of Carlinville, Ill.
Light and Sound Operator – Jaye Upah of Brooklyn, Iowa
Costumes – Chelsey Shreeve of Cottrellville, Mich.
Makeup – Julie Reis of Crystal Lake, Iowa

Audiences should be prepared to become part of the show: light sabers will be used (“may the bard be with you”), and laughter is sure to be had.

Doors open 30 minutes before show time. Admission is $2 or free with a canned food donation. All proceeds will go toward the Forest City Food Bank. This performance is not recommended for younger audiences. Funding for the show is thanks to contributions from Waldorf Student Senate and the Waldorf Theatre Department.

The Box of Black or The Bob is located under the Waldorf College Atrium, an underground location for underground work. Formerly known as the Black Box Theater, the space was renamed in 2011 by The Waldorf College Alpha Epsilon Omega Cast of the Alpha Psi Omega National Theater Honorary Society to honor director of theatre Dr. Robert E. AuFrance for his work and dedication to theatre at Waldorf College.

Waldorf College is one of only two colleges in the nation to offer a Shakespeare minor, in cooperation with the History and English Departments. Students in the Shakespeare minor take an array of courses in classical acting, Elizabethan history, original staging, etc. and work with Waldorf's annual Shakespeare play each fall. For more information call 641-585-8724 or email