StageCoach Theatre Company presents the comedic play, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised)”. This show held over 3 weekends beginning May 8 through May 23. Saturday performances will be held at 7:00pm; Sunday performances will be at 2:00pm. Performances will be held at StageCoach Theatre, 20937 Ashburn Road, Suites 115 and 120, Ashburn for limited audiences. All performances will also be available via livestreaming.
“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised)” was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield. The show is produced by Jerri Wiseman, co-owner of StageCoach Theatre Company. Ashley McGee directs the show as she joins StageCoach Theatre for the first time. Sarah Hardy is the Assistant Director. This show will feature the acting talents of Kyle Donovan, Marco Lotz, and Cory McGee.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s classic farce, two of its original writer/performers (Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield) thoroughly revised the show to bring it up to date for 21st-century audiences, incorporating some of the funniest material from the numerous amateur and professional productions that have been performed throughout the world. THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) is one of the world’s most frequently produced plays and has been translated into several dozen languages. Featured are all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors. Fast paced, witty, and physical, it’s full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.
Reservations for in-theater performances of “The Complete Works …” are required to ensure that socially distanced seats can be arranged in advance. All guests are required to wear masks while watching the show and while in the building. Limited seating will be available in this black box theater due to social distancing guidelines for COVID-19. Reservations can be made online at https://stagecoachtc.com/shakespeare-abridged/ Ticket prices are $25 per person or per device when livestreaming. A small service fee is added to the livestreaming ticket although multiple people can watch at once. Those who plan to watch via livestream are encouraged to log in a few minutes before the show is scheduled to start to avoid any technical difficulties in connecting.
As a small company, with its own space, StageCoach Theatre has been in a unique position to make quick decisions and take decisive action, based on the evolving science of the coronavirus. Public health and safety are the main concerns, as well as that of the actors and staff. All Virginia Safer at Home Protocols and CDC guidelines are followed.
Other shows currently in production at StageCoach Theatre include “Shrek the Musical” and “Les Misérables School Edition” as part of the Summer Camp Intensives being held in June and July. “Abra Cadaver”, a murder mystery written by co-owner Terry Smith and directed by Tierney Thompson will continue through the summer with performances in July and August at Oatlands in Leesburg using social distancing guidelines and with meals provided by Pure Perfection Catering. “The 39 Steps”, a classic comedy adapted by Patrick Barlow from the novel by John Buchan and the movie by Alfred Hitchcock, will be directed by Scott J. Strasbaugh in September and October. This will be immediately followed in November by “Dead Man’s Cell Phone”, a dark comedy by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Kat Brais. The season will close out in December with “Babes in Toyland”, a holiday musical by R. Eugene Jackson, which will be directed by Scott Olson and “Twas the Night Before Murder”, a murder mystery dinner theater written and directed by Terry Smith.
As an award-winning theatre company, StageCoach Theatre Company gives audiences a unique alternative to a typical old night on the town with its interactive murder mysteries and cabarets written by local playwrights. Our conveniently located theatre in downtown Old Ashburn is great for our team building exercises and theatre workshops; and, for the kids, special theatre shows, and after-school classes and camps for students ages 6 and up.