‘Complete Wrks’ packs it all into one show

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat /

Three actors performing all 37 of Williams Shakespeare's plays in 97 minutes - that's the endeavor behind Murphys Creek Theatre's next production, "The Complete Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)," opening Friday at the Cornelia B. Stevenot Memorial Amphitheater at 2690 San Domingo Road in Murphys.

Performances begin at 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through August, with an encore performance at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1.

The three energetic actors taking on this comical audience-interactive experience are Sean Lewis, Anthony DePage and Mike Evans, all tenured performers.

"Complete Wrks" is full of non-stop action and includes over-the-top hilarity offering witty, contemporary interpretations of Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth and more.

Othello is even performed as an old school rap.

"Your entire family will laugh hysterically watching three very talented actors attempt to take on the Bard's entire canon at light speed," said director and Murphys Creek Artistic Director Graham Green.

"This play is an entertaining and intelligent way to introduce people of all ages to the brilliance of the world's most famous playwright," added DePage, who is also the company's marketing director.

"The Complete Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)" was originally developed by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, also known as the Reduced Shakespeare Company.

Developed over years at the Renaissance Fairs of California in the 1980s, it was first performed in its original format at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. Twenty-six years later it has become an enduringly popular play.

"Attending this play will be an unforgettable experience," DePage said. "We are thrilled to bring this type of performance to our area."

Guests can arrive as early as 6:30 p.m. to enjoy live acoustic music and fine dining provided by award-winning caterers paired each night with a select local winery.

Scheduled musicians include Grover Anderson, Jill Warren, Dennis Brown, Jim Lanier, members of the Hot Dark, Thick Soup and Swing Gitane.

Dinner caterers involve "Cupcake Wars" winner Lila and Sage, Columbia House, Murphys Catering and Creative Catering. Featured wineries such as La Folia, Zucca Mountain, Chatom, Hovey, Val Du Vino and Lavender Ridge will pour their finest.

Dinner ticket packages are $45, including a glass of wine. Dinner reservations are required and may be made when purchasing tickets or by calling the theater. Dinner is served from 6:45 until 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available in Murphys at Sustenance Books and Murphys Music, online at www.murphyscreektheatre.org or by calling 728-8422.

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