The cast of the fall play, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged,” at Richards High School, 10601 S. Central Ave., Oak Lawn. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 to 12. | Supplied photo
The drama department from Richards High School in Oak Lawn will present the comedy “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged” on Oct. 10, 11 and 12, according to a press release from Community High School District 218.
Performances begin at 7 p.m. each of those days at Richards, 10601 S. Central Ave. Tickets are $8 at the door or $6 in advance from any cast member, according to the release.
The production is a parody of the plays written by William Shakespeare, with all of them being performed in shortened form, the release said.
Typically, actors use their real names and play themselves rather than certain characters. Actors may speak directly to the audience during much of the play, and some scenes involve audience participation. The director and stage crew also may be directly involved in the performance and become characters themselves, the release said.
The script contains many humorous footnotes on the text that often are not included in the performance. However, improvisation plays an important role, and it is normal for the actors to deviate from the script and have spontaneous conversations about the material with each other or the audience, according to the press release.
It also is common for them to make references to pop culture or to talk about local people and places in the area where performance is done. As a result, each performance can be vastly different from another, even with the same cast, the release said.