Reduced Shakespeare Company

September 20, 2018 – 7:30pm – Brendle Recital Hall

Discovered in a treasure-filled parking lot in Leicester, England (next to a pile of bones that didn’t look that important), an ancient manuscript proves to be the long-lost first play written by none other than seventeen-year-old William Shakespeare from Stratford. We are totally not completely making this up.

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) is the literary Holy Grail: an actual manuscript in Shakespeare’s own hand showing all his most famous characters and familiar speeches in a brand-new story. But because it is one hundred hours long and contains multiple unwieldy storylines, the Reduced Shakespeare Company decides, as a public service, to abridge it down to a brief and palatable ninety minutes and perform the world premiere of this lost masterpiece.

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)

By Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor
World Premiere, Folger Theatre at the Folger Shakespeare Library
April 21-May 8, 2016

Enrich your experience by joining a pre-performance talk at 6:40 pm in M208, adjacent to Brendle Recital Hall.

Susan Harlan

This evening’s talk will be led by Susan Harlan, an Associate Professor in the Wake Forest University English department. Harlan will discuss Shakespearean comedy, as well as comedic adaptations of the plays. Why do we adapt Shakespeare? And what does it mean to transform tragedy into comedy?

About the speaker:

Dr. Harlan’s scholarship focuses on English Renaissance drama, particularly Shakespeare. Her book Memories of War in Early Modern England: Armor and Militant Nostalgia in Marlowe, Sidney, and Shakespeare was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016, and in March of this year, she published her book Luggage with the Bloomsbury series Object Lessons. She teaches classes on early modern English comedy and writes extensively on comedy. Her article “‘Returned from the Wars’: Comedy and Masculine Post-War Character in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing” appeared in Upstart in 2013, and her essay “Illyria’s Memorials: Space, Memory, and Genre in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night” was included in in Memory, Comedy and Skepticism, ed. Lina Perkins Wilder and Andrew Hiscock (Routledge, 2017).

Harlan’s interest in comedy extends beyond her academic work. She has a particular fondness for feminist and academic satire, and her humor writing has appeared in venues including McSweneey’s Internet Tendency, The Awl, The Toast, The Billfold, Avidly, Queen Mob’s Tea House, The Belladonna, The Hairpin, Janice, and The Establishment. Her book Decorating a Room of One’s Own, which spoofs home design culture by re-imagining its subject as famous literary homes, will be published by Abrams in October. This book is an expansion of her column for The Toast.

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All tickets are general admission and doors to the hall open at 7:00 PM.

Adults – $18

Senior (62+) – $15

Non-WFU Student (12+) – $10

Child (5-12) – $5

Children under 5 free

Admission is free for WFU students, faculty, staff, and retirees by showing your WFU or WFU Medical School ID.

Wake Forest University and Medical School faculty, staff and retirees receive free admission for themselves and one guest to each Secrest Artists Series performance. WFU students and Medical School students receive free admission for themselves. Simply show your WFU I.D. at the door.

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Reduced Shakespeare Company
Reduced Shakespeare Company
Reduced Shakespeare Company