September 19, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Reduced Shakespeare Company will present, "The Complete History of America (abridged): Election Year Edition," on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University. Tickets are $20.

According to Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center, the show presents "600 years of U.S. history in 6,000 seconds.
"From the Bering Straits to Baghdad, from the New World to the New World Order, the three cultural guerillas of the Company lead audiences on a riotous and extremely funny rollercoaster ride through the glorious quagmire that is American history," he said.

Three-man comedy troupe
The Reduced Shakespeare Company began as a three-man comedy troupe known for taking long, serious subjects and reducing them into short, sharp comedies. As authors, they have created six stage shows, two television specials, and numerous radio pieces.

In addition to ongoing tours of the U.S. and Great Britain, the company has performed at the White House, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and London's West End. The troupe has been seen on all the major American and British television networks and they are heard frequently on both National Public Radio and the BBC.

The company's first three shows, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)," "The Complete History of America (abridged)" and "The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged)," ran for nine years at the Criterion Theatre in Piccadilly Circus.

The performance is part of the University's annual Family Weekend celebration.

Tickets info
Tickets for this Weis Center series performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Bucknell University Bookstore on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Advance tickets also are available by calling 570-577-1000 or visiting The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour prior to performances.

This concert is made possible in part by a generous donation from Joyce and Louis Betz. The 2008-09 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with 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.

The next event in the Weis Center Series is a performance of "Altar Boyz" (the musical) on Oct. 17. For more information about events in the Weis Center Series, visit

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