Department of Performing Arts
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The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Directed by Ellen Brodie and James Simmons
TYLER HEWES: Tyler Hewes was genetically engineered to be the greatest Shakespearean actor ever. Obviously, something went terribly wrong. A Junior majoring in History and Fine Arts/Theatre, Tyler has been involved in theatre in one form or another for the past seven years - due to the fact that he has no real life of his own. He was seen in HHT productions such as "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Alcestis," and "The Mysteries." Last semester, Tyler directed a 10-minute play as part of "Short Stuff 2000." His directing style has been likened to Hitler meets Andrew Lloyd Webber. A senator and Chairman of the Budget and Management division of the Student Government, Tyler spends his spare time devising methods of embezzlement undetectable by the Administration. This past summer Tyler participated in ECSU's Summer School in London/Edinburgh program. Though he spent much of his time on the floors of pubs, being drunk and hung-over helped Tyler understand the true meaning of Shakespeare's works. Tyler is very pleased to be able to talk about himself in the third person ...Thank you!
THAYER KITCHEN: More of a state of mind than a human, Thayer Kitchen is the President of Drama Society and is solely responsible for conning Tyler, Dan, Ellen and James into doing this show as a Drama Society fundraiser. Strong of arm and of larynx, Thayer has been seen in such Harry Hope Theatre occasions such as "Tartuffe," "A Clown's Play," "The Apple Tree," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Alcestis," and "The Mysteries." His acting career began in an elementary school Christmas pageant ... He was the tree. He cites his influences as Bert Lahr (a.k.a. the Cowardly Lion), Joel Grey, and the Pope (anyone who can wear that hat and keep a straight face is to be admired). Thayer participated in the Summer School in London/Edinburgh program where he did extensive research on the social atmosphere of tavern life and found that there's at least one bartender named Jimmie in every pub - hence the expression "See you, Jimmie!"
DAN WHELTON: Dan was born yesterday, and has since then aged nineteen years, and has been gifted four years of theatre experience. He has received a full year's education at Eastern, during which he participated in Harry Hope productions such as "Alcestis," "The Mysteries," and "Short Stuff: An Evening of Ten-Minute Plays" - which played in NYC as well. As part of his full year's education acquired within 24 hours, Dan participated in ECSU's Summer School in London/Edinburgh program where he acted as a private English language tutor for Italian teenagers traveling abroad in Great Britain. He has not yet declared a major, but is intending on focusing on acting. Dan has never actually performed or read any Shakespeare, but is confident that he can figure it all out as he goes along. No other pseudo-human being has ever packed so much into a 24-hour period.
Thayer had an idea. He and Tyler had seen this long-running hit while taking part in ECSU's 1999 Summer School in London program. They both wanted to be part of our 2000 Summer abroad program and needed to come up with appropriate Independent Studies or Special Topics to do so. They convinced me that in addition to doing research as Dramaturgs for our Fall and Spring major productions, they would dedicate themselves to staging this extremely physical version of "Shakespeare...(Abridged)." They cast the third actor, Dan, from the 2000 Summer program while I convinced British director James Simmons to join us in staging this raucous romp. You might be thinking that all this was "Much Ado About Nothing." It looks easy, doesn't it? That's why we rehearsed so much - four to five hours at a stretch while in London; two to three hours a day in Edinburgh; and then continuously since returning to the States - with only one week's respite. It was a madness marathon kept in check by the directors and by our dedicated Stage Manager, Patty, who was part of the London/Edinburgh Summer program as well. All this for your viewing pleasure - and to help support future Drama Society events! A lot of laughs, yet slapstick takes sweat. Some touchy tete-a-tetes regarding some obvious political incorrectness in the text. Polishing to the point of wearing thin towards the end. But, "All's Well That Ends Well" seems most appropriate as closure. I am delighted by the growth of the actors and total commitment of the cast and crew. It has been such a positive experience that we are seriously considering staging another show while in London/Edinburgh during the Summer of 2001. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, sit back, relax, and feel free to laugh loudly! EFB
Patricia Kitchen for the wonderful puppets, The Drama Society for getting the word out on the show, and finally William Shakespeare for writing the complete Works of William Shakespeare.
Produced through special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc. The script to this play may be purchased from B P P I at http://www.BroadwayPlayPubl.com