September 30, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University will present "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" Friday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. Tickets for the performance are $20.

Three actors — Lawrence Lesher, Josh Mertz and Matthew Quinn — will perform 37 plays and 154 sonnets in under two hours.

"Hilarious, unpredictable and surprisingly educational, the world of Shakespeare is illuminated using everything from football to hip-hop music," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center. "It is a roller-coaster tribute to the immortal bard."

Othello is performed in rap; all 16 comedies are condensed into one story with a shipwreck, a duke, and his three sets of identical twins; and Hamlet is performed both forward and backward.

A free meet-the-artist pre-performance chat with the actors will be held at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building.

Originally written in 1987 by the founders of the Reduced Shakespeare Company — Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield, and Adam Long — "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)" has been a smash Off-Broadway hit and the longest running comedy in London.

Tickets for Weis Center performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and one hour prior to events. Tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or online at http://www.bucknell.edu/boxoffice/

This performance is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Stephen J. Lindenmuth. The 2005-06 season of Weis Center events is made possible in part by generous funding from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

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