The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [Revised]

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield

Director: John Eslick
Producer: Beth Eslick
Stage Manager: Mark Suarez
Costume Designer: Elena Mills
Dramaturg: Dana Marley-Kolb

Audition Dates & Times: 

Saturday, June 27 & Monday, June 29 at 7pm
Sunday, June 28 at 1pm
All auditions via Zoom

Audition Location: 

All auditions via Zoom. 

Performance Dates: 

Aug 28 & 29 at 8pm
Aug 30 at 2pm

All performances will be staged live from the theatre and streamed via Zoom

Audition Requirements: 

Auditioners must have a great sense of comic timing, physicality, and improvisational skills. This is a high-energy show that relies a great deal on how well the actors work together. (Watch this performance to get an idea of the level of what’s expected in your audition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqmfrqAVeK0.) You will be expected to stay for the entire audition time, since you will be called to work with other auditioners. You are allowed to watch others audition, provided you are on “mute”.

Proposed Production Calendar

Audition Form (Must be completed and submitted by Friday, June 26 at 7pm. 

The Conejo Players Theatre is a non-profit, non-Equity, community theatre. None of our actors or staff are given compensation.

 

Plot Summary: 

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Reduced Shakespeare Company's classic farce, two of its original writer/performers (Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield) thoroughly 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 throughout the world. The cultural touchstone that is THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) was born when three inspired, charismatic comics, having honed their pass-the-hat act at Renaissance fairs, premiered their preposterous masterwork at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. It quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, earning the title of London's 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 and has been translated into several dozen languages. Featured are all 37 of Shakespeare's plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors. Fast paced, witty, and physical, it's full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.

For More Information: 

NOTICE: Auditions and some rehearsals will be online through Zoom, but there will be rehearsals and performances as a group at the theatre and other locations near Thousand Oaks, CA. We are expected to meet together within the safety guidelines established by the State of California, which presently allows groups of up to 10 persons to congregate. The show calls for the performers to be in brief but close contact with each other. Please take this into consideration before auditioning. Also, please contact us if you have contracted COVID-19 or have recently been in contact with someone who has contracted COVID-19. The Conejo Players Theatre will take every step to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone involved.

For more information, please contact Producer Beth Eslick at bethglasner@icloud.com

Character Breakdown: 

All genders and ethnicities are encouraged to audition, however “Adam” must be played by a male. All characters are energetic, creative, and comical, but there are a few subtleties:

“Daniel” (real actor’s name) - Emcee type

“Jess” (real actor’s name) - Studious, narrator type

“Adam” (real actor’s name) - A bit more of a goofball than the others