News from the UTAH SHAKESPEARE Festival: William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged) (JULY 25)

July 25, 2017 — Cedar City, Utah
Riley Shanahan (left) and Marco Antonio Vega.
SHAKESPEARE E-GLOBE
William Shakespeare's Long Lost
First Play (abridged) Edition
Marco Antonio Vega (left) and Riley Shanahan.
AT THE FESTIVAL BEGINNING JULY 28
Fans of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),will love this highly-imaginative, vaudeville-infused comedy which tells the not-quite factual (well, not at all factual) story of an ancient manuscript purported to be the first play by William Shakespeare. Using questionable scholarship and street-performer smarts, a trio of comic actors will throw themselves into a fast, funny, and frenzied festival of pure hilarity. This regional premiere previews July 28and opens July 29.                                                            
 
Christopher V. Edwards
"LIGHTER, FUN, AND IRREVERENT"
What should a playgoer expect when he or she enters a theatre to see a play with a title like Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)? Granted, the script was originally created by the world-famous Reduced Shakespeare Company, and the Festival’s production is a regional premiere. But, what is this play? Well, according to Director Christopher V. Edwards, it’s an exciting and hilarious look at what might happen if forty-nine of Shakespeare’s characters are brought together on the same stage.
Marco Antonio Vega (left) and Riley Shanahan.
SHAKESPEARE MEETS STAND-UP COMEDY
Education Director Michael Bahr describes this play as "Shakespeare meets Animal House meets Airplane meets SaturdayNight Live meets stand-up comedy." He also offers insights, history, and his opinion about this hilarious comedy in our online Orientation. Don't miss out! Get ready to see the play before you enter the theatre.  
Austin Tichenor (left) and Reed Martin.
THE PLAYWRIGHTS: WHOARE THESE GUYS?
After you have seen William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) this summer, you may find yourself asking: “Who are these guys that could take Shakespeare’s canon and turn it into such hilarity?” Well, these guys are the enigmatic Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor. You can thank them for this vaudevillian comedy coming to the Utah Shakespeare Festival this season. 
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