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FSU Cultural Events Season Opens with Shakespeare Comedy

FSU Cultural Events Season Opens with Shakespeare Comedy
Ever wonder what William Shakespeare’s most memorable scenes would be like if they were performed in fast forward, hitting all the highlights? Don’t miss the chance to find out when Frostburg State University’s Cultural Events Series presents a laugh-out-loud parody of Shakespeare’s most timeless tales of love and tragedy in “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Lane University Center’s Alice R. Manicur Hall.

An off-Broadway smash hit and the longest running comedy in London, this roller-coaster tribute to the immortal bard manages to condense his 37 plays and 154 sonnets into a hysterical two-hour performance by three actors. All 16 comedies become one story featuring a shipwreck, an influential duke and three sets of identical twins. Hamlet, despite complaints by the actors that there are “too many words,” is done both forwards and backwards! Irreverent and hilarious, the dauntless cast speeds through 75 different characters, dozens of costumes and nearly 100 props. And in the true spirit of Shakespeare’s Globe, “Shakespeare Abridged” requires its performers to improvise, think on their feet and react to the will of the crowd.

Audience members who are interested in making this performance a unique dinner theatre experience may purchase a $25 ticket that includes admission to the show as well as a choice of a delectable meal featuring either a steak or vegetable primavera entrée. A cash bar will also be available. Those who opt to attend the performance only can purchase a ticket for just the show: $16 for the general public; $14 for faculty and staff; $12 for children 17 and under and $5 for FSU students.

To purchase tickets or for more information about “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” call the FSU Cultural Events Box Office at (301) 687-3137 or toll free at 1-866-TIXX-CES, or visit online at

The Cultural Events Series is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.

For more information about FSU, contact the Office of Admissions at (301) 687-4201 or visit the University’s Web site at FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services, and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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