The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will be performed nightly at Lincoln College’s Hostick Theatre in the Johnston Center on the Lincoln College campus, through Sept. 30, with an afternoon performance Sunday.
The comic adaptation of multiple Shakespeare works gives theater goers a whirlwind tour of Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, sonnets and everything else, all in a single performance.
The Lincoln College presentation features special guest director Natalie Reiko and four cast members – Sky Ford, Madison Grider, Jessica Sutton and Bradyn Wambach. Performances are nightly through Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m., with a special afternoon performance at 2:30 p.m., Oct. 1. For ticket information, please contact the Johnston Center ticket office at 217-735-7280.
The production relies heavily on parody and improvisation with no two performances ever the same. Although the play was first performed in 1987, the improvisational nature of the show allows for constant updating and the Lincoln College production includes numerous contemporary references to popular music and culture.
The play was first performed in 1987 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest arts festival held annually in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was written and performed by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. It has become one of the world’s most popular shows, and is notable for holding the world record for the shortest-ever performance of Hamlet (43 seconds).
Director Reiko received her undergraduate degree from Bradley University in Theatre Arts. She went on to receive her Master’s degree in British Theatre from Birmingham School of Acting in Birmingham, England. She has also studied at Dell’Arte International School of Acting and Antaeus in Los Angeles.
She is a cofounder of The Great Work Begins Theatre Troupe in Peoria, Illinois which produces Shakespeare in the park at Camp Wokanda every year, as well as, other productions around the Peoria area. She resides in Los Angeles, where she has been a guest artist in various productions at A Noise Within in Pasadena.