This February, Cary Players will present a fast-paced and irreverent romp through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in only 97 minutes. Here’s the best part! You don’t have to be a Shakespeare fan to enjoy this show, but if you do love the Bard, you’re in for an extra-special treat!
Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] is an over-the- top and side-splitting re-creation of The Bard’s best bits enacted by a cast of only three actors.
“I’m pleased to be working with an amazing cast,” says Nancy Rich, the award-winning director of this show. She adds, “Each actor is hilarious in his or her own way. Lorelei Lemon is one of the funniest comic actresses in the Triangle. I saw Lorelei’s performance in Little Women in December. Her flawless timing brought such a spark to the role of “Jo.” It renewed my love of the book that I’d read as a girl. When Lorelei auditioned for Complete Works, I knew I had to have her in my cast! She’s tiny and cute, but ready to compete with the boys using her razor-sharp wit.”
Audiences may remember Daryl Ray Carliles from his recent performance as the Tin Man in Cary Players production of The Wizard of Oz. Rich explains, “I worked with Daryl in Legally Blonde and Spamalot, and knew his performances always have a lot of heart, and audiences adore him. In Complete Works, I needed an actor brave enough to totally commit to playing Shakespeare’s iconic females – like Juliet and Ophelia. I knew that Daryl would put on those wigs and really go for it!”
Greg Guiliano is making his Cary Players debut. Rich notes, “Greg brings a boat-load of talent and years of improvisation experience. He has the unique ability to be able to squeeze every ounce of comic juice from a scene. His amazing athleticism in pratfalls and sword fights makes Greg exciting to watch onstage.”
The Cary Theater in downtown Cary is an excellent venue for this production. With its intimate design, the audience is close to the stage and the actors have a chance to play off of audience reactions, much like in a comedy club. Audience participation, riffs, and ad libs make every show unique. Lovers of comedy might want to see the show more than once, and bring their friends.
The play begins with a crazy cross-dressed version of Romeo and Juliet. Next, Othello is performed as a rap number. Shakespeare’s History plays are condensed into a single football game. There’s sword fighting, pratfalls, crazy props, and tons of quick costume changes.
The set, a pair of Elizabethan-style wagons, were conceived by Steve Larson. They are filled with an assortment of theatrical weapons, wigs, and whatnots assembled by Props Mistress Ami Kirk-Jones. Rod Rich designed the sound with Bob Kulow as the sound engineer. Ryann Norris is the lighting designer and Tony Landavozo is the stage manager. Back stage, Julie Weber and Ami Kirk-Jones will assist with quick changes for the comedy trio.
Tickets: Advance tickets are $20.00 for adults and $18.00 for students and seniors. (All tickets purchased at the door are $20.00.) The rate for groups of 10 or more is $17.00. For group sales, contact the Cary Art Center box office at (919) 462-2051.
To order tickets online from Etix, visit caryplayers.org. (Service charges apply.)
Tickets can also be purchased at these box office locations:
The Cary Theatre – 122 E. Chatham Street
Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
One hour prior to show time on performance dates
Cary Arts Center – 101 Dry Avenue
Mondays: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Fridays, February 17 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays, February 18 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays, February 19 and 26 at 2:00 p.m.
There will be a 15-minute intermission and concessions are available in the lobby of The Cary Theatre.
Please note that parking adjacent to the theater is very limited. Additional parking is available in the municipal parking lot at the corner of Waldo Street and S. Walker Street, along E. Cedar Street and on the Cary Town Hall campus.