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SETTING

Place: Now (and Then) Time: Here (There and Everywhere)

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

Brad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brad DePlanche* Christopher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris Patrick Mullen* Philip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Philip Nolen*

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jim Helsinger Assistant to the Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Shoemaker Set Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bob Phillips** Lighting Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chip Perry Sound Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Britt Sandusky Costume Designer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denise R. Warner Stage Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stacy Renee Norwood* Production Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Christine Henderson, Melanie Ann Moore Rehearsal Production Assistants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lisa Hardt, Victoria Ruiz Board Operators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brandon Dressen, Carolyn Hurst Wardrobe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tabitha Mae Lyons, Natasha Ticotin Costumes designed by Denise R. Warner, adapted from a production at Florida Studio Theater designed by Marcella Beckwith, purloined from a production at Actor's Theater of Louisville, pilfered from a production at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, swiped from a production at Orlando Shakespeare Festival, originally conceived by Jack A. Smith and Jim Helsinger.

UNDERSTUDIES

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association ** Member of United Scenic Artists

Brad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greg Joubert Christopher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Casey Noble Philip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Brandon Alpert

SPECIAL THANKS

The fabulous Costume Shop Volunteers - The Five S's - Shakespeare's Swingin Sister Sewing Society and Jack A. Smith; Jenn Anne, Victor E. Robles, Sussane Vaughn

COUNTING NEW BEANS:

INTRINSIC IMPACT ASSESMENT

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ABOUT WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE We don’t know much about William Shakespeare. We do know he was born before April 26th, 1564 (the church records show his baptism on that date) in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, and he died in the same town on April 23rd, 1616. We can assume that he attended grammar school in Stratford where he would have studied Latin and read classical authors. Not much is known about Shakespeare between leaving school in 1578 and being mentioned in a pamphlet in 1592. He married Anne Hathaway in Stratford in 1582, and the couple had three children – Susanna, Hamnet, and Judith. We know that Shakespeare was a playwright in London by 1592 when he was attacked as an “upstart crow” in a pamphlet by poet and playwright Robert Greene. In 1594, Shakespeare was the principal writer for the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, an acting troupe in London. Shakespeare’s plays were performed exclusively by the troupe, which was made up entirely of men as there was a prohibition that did not allow women to perform during the Elizabethan era. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men built their own theater in 1599, the Globe Theater, on the south bank of the Thames outside London. With Queen Elizabeth I’s death and King James I’s ascension to the throne, Shakespeare’s company was awarded a royal patent and became the King’s Men. He retired to Stratford around 1613 and died in 1616 at the age of 52. In 1623, two of Shakespeare’s colleagues printed his plays into what is now referred to as the First Folio. His surviving work includes 37 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and other writings.

RESOURCES There are many online resources about Shakespeare. Here are a few to get you started: • The Reduced Shakespeare Company: www.reducedshakespeare.com • The Online Shakespeare Resource Center: www.bardweb.net/plays/ • The Folger Shakespeare Library’s website: www.folger.edu/education/sfk_kids/ • An online version of The Complete Works: www.shakespeare.mit.edu/

THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE The Tragedies:

Titus Andronicus Romeo and Juliet Julius Caesar Troilus and Cressida Othello King Lear Macbeth Antony and Cleopatra Timon of Athens Coriolanus Hamlet

The Comedies:

All’s Well That Ends Well As You Like It The Comedy of Errors Cymbeline Love’s Labours Lost Measure for Measure The Merry Wives of Windsor The Merchant of Venice A Midsummer Night’s Dream Much Ado About Nothing Pericles, Prince of Tyre Taming of the Shrew The Tempest Twelfth Night Two Gentlemen of Verona Two Noble Kinsman The Winter’s Tale

The Histories: King John Richard II Henry IV Part I Henry IV Part II Henry V Henry VI Part I Henry VI Part II Henry VI Part III Richard III Henry VIII


THE CAST There are three actors in the play. In the script, they are listed as the names of the creators (Adam, Daniel, and Jess) who originated the roles. The script notes that the production should use the current actors names instead. The three actors play themselves throughout the play as well as the characters in all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays. THE REDUCED SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (RSC) The RSC began in 1981 performing a twenty-minute version of Hamlet at Renaissance Faires outside of San Francisco. In 1983, they added a short Romeo and Juliet to their repertoire. Wanting to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1987, the RSC created an hour-long The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) that fit the length requirements for the festival. The play was a hit at Edinburgh and has since been performed all over the world, including a nine-year run at the Criterion Theater in London. Today, the original three members are not with the Reduced Shakespeare Company, but the company continues to produce “reductions” of important stories. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (Dead Playwright | 405th Season) Shakespeare is dead, and after seeing this show, will certainly remain so. As the author of the most famous works in the English language, he is appalled at the efforts of this amateurish attempt to perform his works. He would like to thank his family and friends, but they are also dead, so, what's the point? BRAD DEPLANCHE* (Benvolio, Juliet, Tybalt, Lavinia, Othello, Macduff, The Soothsayer, Cleopatra, Henry VI, Bernardo, Ghost of Hamlet’s Father, Ophelia, Claudius, Gertrude, Henry IV | Seventh Season) Brad was born short and, despite desperate prayers to Our Father, that has never changed. He does not hate God for this, but he has become an atheist (I mean if you can't help the little people, what good are you?). Brad is somewhat thankful to share the stage again with Chris Mullen and hopes he can survive the egomaniacal ravings of Mr. Nolen. He is very grateful to, Jim Helsinger (who actually wrote this bio) for the opportunity. Jim is his favorite director, and, in fact, favorite person in the world. Please donate generously at www.jimhelsinger.com CHRISTOPHER PATRICK MULLEN* (Chiron, Macbeth, Mark Antony, King John, Henry VIII, Henry V, Hamlet | Fifth Season) Raised by wolves in the wilds of Pennsylvania, Chris was an early victim of an Amish drive-by fruiting. Escaping to Florida on the back of his pet emu, he studied Animal Husbandry at the Ocoee Adult Annex of Valencia Community College until he was caught in the Animal Wifery. He would like to thank his family and friends should he ever have any of those or until the court order is lifted.


PHILIP NOLEN* (Sampson, The Prince, Romeo, Nurse, Friar Laurence, Titus Andronicus, The Witch, Julius Caesar, Richard II, King Lear, Richard III, Horatio, Polonius, Laertes | Eighth Season) Philip was born in 1969, prompting mankind to flee to the moon that same year. Raised in the United Methodist religious tradition of trial by combat, Mr. Nolen remained undefeated until age 38, when he lost an ongoing battle with his weight. Mr. Nolen has been the recipient of many awards and critical praise during his twenty-year career, and hopes that one day he will get some for acting. He lives alone, for obvious reasons.

PRODUCTION TEAM JIM HELSINGER (Director | 99th Season) Jim has been the Artistic Director at Orlando Shakes for way too long and is waiting to be murdered quietly in his sleep. He is privileged to work with this group of actors who are more or less willing to direct themselves. In his spare time, he enjoys underwater gardening and writing biographies in the third person for Brad DePlanche. STACY RENEE NORWOOD* (Stage Manager | 6th Season) Stacy's name is not Bob. CHIP PERRY (Lighting Designer | Debut Season) Chip's professional theater credits in lighting design include: Charlotte’s Web at Orlando Repertory Theatre, Shipwrecked!, An evening of entertainment…at The Hippodrome State Theatre, Fly By Theatre's The Painting and Duende Dance's Framed. He also sound designed and composed original music for the world premiere of Wizzer Pizzer at 7 Stages Atlanta. Chip’s select client list in the television and touring industry includes: W.W.E., Bonnaroo Music Festival, CHIC, Alabama, Kenny Chesney, and Bacardi Global. Chip holds a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis on Lighting Design from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Science in Theatre from the University of Evansville (Indiana). After graduation, he interned at Indiana Repertory Theatre with a specialization in Sound Design. Chip has worked with such design artists as Brian MacDevitt, Mike Swinford, Jason Robinson, Velton Ray Bunch, and Tom Cluff. BOB PHILLIPS** (Scenic Designer | 19th Season) Bob has designed over seventy-five sets for Orlando Shakespeare over the past 17 years. Bob also regularly works with Pennsylvania Shakespeare, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Alpine Theatre Project, Florida Studio Theatre, and various companies in NYC. Bob is Production Designer for Sesame Street and Come On Over. He has received the Outer Critics Circle, the Madison, Villager and Lillian Stoates awards for his theater work, and six Emmy Awards for his television designs. Assistant to Mr. Phillips: David Lepore.


BRITT SANDUSKY (Sound Designer | 8th Season) Britt is thrilled to be part of this production team once again. He formally trained was at the Audio Recording Technology Institute here in Orlando. Britt has designed the sound-scapes for many Orlando Shakespeare Theater favorites including The Importance Of Being Earnest, The 39 Steps, Shotgun, Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Robinson Crusoe, and many others. He also mixed live music for what is affectionately known as the “Beer Tent” on the “Green Lawn of Fabulousness” during the Orlando Fringe Festival last year. His film credits include many disciplines such as Foley artist, re-recording engineer, ADR supervisor, dialog mixer, and sound effects supervisor. DENISE R. WARNER (Costume Designer | 13th Season) Denise serves as the Costume Manager and staff costume designer for Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Some of Denise’s previous design credits for Orlando Shakes include: Cymbeline, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Dracula, Yankee Tavern, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Arms and the Man, Shotgun, Twelfth Night, and The Island of Dr. Moreau. Other professional credits include Center Stage – Baltimore, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Maples Rep, Mad Cow Theatre, Millbrook Playhouse, Michigan Rep, Orlando Opera, Orlando Rep, and Penguin Rep.


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)  

Theatrical program for "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)," playing at Orlando Shakes, September 12 – October 7, 2012.

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