For more than three decades, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged" has delighted fans of the Bard worldwide.
And Matt Valuckis, founding member of the Region-based Seedlings Theatre, thinks non-fans will have a lot to enjoy as well.
"A lot of people get lost in what Shakespeare actually said because it's such a lost language from all the centuries ago until now," he said. "If you hate Shakespeare, you can come in and really enjoy it because it pokes fun at all of his shows."
Bringing their first-ever production to Hobart’s M&M Theatre, “Shakespeare” is an overview of each of The Bard’s 38 plays condensed into a 90-plus minute show with the emphasis on present-day humor rather than 16th and 17th century prose and brought to life by only three thesps.
Penned by a trio of writers and actors from the California based Reduced Shakespeare Company, “Shakespeare” made its debut in 1987. The play found its first flush of success on the other side of the pond, where it ran for nearly a decade on London’s West End and became the longest running comedy staged in London.
“Shakespeare” has since been staged throughout the world.
"It's three people onstage playing all of these characters and its incredibly frenetic," Valuckis said.
Kerry Fitch, Marc Ryser and John Lattuada will take on the myriad of roles in Seedlings’ “Shakespeare.” The play is directed by Kate Wiersma.
Valuckis, along with two board members of Crown Point Community Theatre, formed Seedlings in the wake of the former theater ensemble's recent closing.
While disappointed CPCT shut its doors, Seedlings is giving its founders, cast and crew the opportunity to see live theater in more than one location. In addition to M&M Theatre, Seedling has its sights set on a couple other Region-based venues for future productions.
"We were talking to people when Crown Point closed and they noted that other communities do not have live theater programs," Valuckis said. "Griffith doesn't have anything. Schererville doesn't have anything. And it would be wonderful for the arts to be able to travel to those locations."
Additionally, Seedlings plans to continue youth programs and camps along with theater productions, Valuckis said.