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Woodward Shakespeare Festival mixes it up

Nov 12, 2015 08:34PM ● By Kevin

The annual Woodward Shakespeare Festival wrapped up its 20th season with abridged performances of all of the Bard’s plays, performed over the course of several nights between August 27-September 19. Two different casts took on the challenge, as well as two-time festival director Aaron Spjute. 

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) was a new play that delivered all of Shakespeare’s famous plays in 97 minutes. A spoof on Shakespeare’s works, Complete Works (Abridged), featured three actors performing short excerpts of all 37 plays.

“The play features four different versions of Hamlet,” said Greg Taber, executive producer of the Woodward Park Shakespeare Festival. “The second act consists entirely of Hamlet in various versions, and we even do a rendition of Hamlet backwards.” 

There were a total of 60 cast members but only three actors were on stage at any given time.  More than 100 people turned out for the first performance.