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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)  

When: May 25-26 2013
Price: $10
nashvilleshakes.org/compworks2013.htm
From the beginning, William Shakespeare’s plays were staged as the centerpiece of a great night out. Performed in the open-air Globe Theatre with food and booze aplenty, they were the drive-in movies of the Elizabethan era, setting off laughter, tears and maybe a few chills down your spine courtesy of witches and ghosts. In that spirit, The Nashville Shakespeare Festival brings us Shakespeare on the Lawn, taking The Bard out of the theater — and off the pedestal that can make his work uncomfortably dusty and imposing. Three gifted actors from the veteran troupe will present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), in which they attempt to cover his entire body of work in one sitting. With plenty of room for improvisation in the script — and audience participation breaking down the fourth wall before the first act begins — only one thing is for certain: You will know Hamlet forward and backwards before the night is out. A set by jump-blues masters Eight O’Five Jive precedes the play, and a dance party follows.
— Stephen Trageser

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