Speakeysie News Desk — August 8, 2022
The Atlanta Shakespeare Company at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
$15 General Admission Preview Thursday August 18, 2022
$20 Gen Admission Preview Friday August 19, 2022
Runs August 20-Sept 4, 2022
Directed by Charlie T. Thomas
An irreverent, hilarious, high-speed romp through all 37 of the Bard’s plays (and 154 sonnets) in two hours! Titus Andronicus becomes a cooking show, all the Histories are performed as a football game, and we go NUTS with Hamlet. All of this performed by THREE ACTORS. It took ASC, with hundreds of actors, 26 years to complete Shakespeare’s works the first time (this last time through, it only took us 8!) These three nerds will do ’em all in an evening. Show offs.
Join us for a post show Q&A on Sunday August 28, 2022
OUR COVID PROTOCOLS FOR PATRONS: https://www.shakespearetavern.com/news/reopening/
I have loved Complete Works since the day I found it in 2003. I actually owned the VHS! I brought it to my college friends and said, “We have got to do this show!” I was lucky enough to be cast with two of my dearest friends, directed by another great friend, and surrounded by folks who made my undergrad time memorable.
Even then, the show had issues. As the only Black person in the room, it was a point to highlight my experience. Some jokes were great, and some I would never do again. There was a “Toby” joke. There was a “mammy” joke. And the Othello rap was an “experience”. I do not fault anyone for that process—in fact, I look on it fondly as a moment where I stepped forward as an artist.
Almost 20 years later, the script still has its issues, despite still being one of the funniest shows I’ve ever read. I knew that when I stepped into this opportunity, I would do my best to not perpetuate the worst sides of our culture for comedy. Especially here in this very Black community we represent.
What I didn’t expect was how much this show would mean to all of us involved. This is the only all BIPOC show the Atlanta Shakespeare Company has done in recent memory. This is the second time we’ve had a BIPOC director. And all of us wanted more than just to make people laugh (and believe me, we WANT you to laugh). We wanted to be more than a gimmick or a special event. We wanted to be unapologetic with our take of this show. We wanted to be treated with the same respect as our non-BIPOC counterparts. We wanted to be SEEN.
I cannot express to you the beauty of this process. From day one, a room was created that most Black artists don’t get the privilege to experience. We looked at each other and felt the relief of having ourselves present, not needing to edit or dilute our own culture and history, particularly in a building where we produce works from a White male (no offense, Will—you still dope). We found the comedy and topical points that make our perspectives unique. And we did it all while laughing until we cried. I’m incredibly proud of everyone involved in making this happen–it was a room that I will treasure for years to come.
Let me be clear—this show is DIFFERENT. Probably unlike anything you’ve seen. I promise you, everything you see on this stage was handled with care, given time for discussion and debate, and truly crafted with the best intentions. Most parts will make you laugh, and some parts may make you uncomfortable, and all of that is fine. All of those feelings belong, because that is the way we as Black people have seen this script for decades.
Yo. It’s our time now. We don’t know if this moment will ever come again, so we’re making damn sure this one counts. Welcome to our cookout. Welcome to our celebration. Clap, cheer, AND celebrate alongside us. We got you, fam.
Seating areas: Main Floor Seats, Box Seats (on floor) and Balcony Seats
Regular Adult Ticket Prices range from $24-$45 depending on the day of the show, ticket availability and the seating area.
Discount Ticket Options:
$15 for Thursday Previews (See online calendar for specific dates)
$20 for Friday Previews (See onlne calendar for specific dates)
Student ticket prices: $15 General Admission Tickets on Thursdays / $20 Balcony tickets on Fridays & Sundays. $5 off Floor & Box tickets on Fridays & Sundays (No student discounts on Saturdays)
Educator prices: $5 off per adult price level per night (Not valid on Saturday nights.)
Military Discount: $3 off adult ticket price
Senior Discount: $3 off adult ticket price
Group Discount (Parties of 10 or more): $3 off adult ticket price
Purchase Tickets Online for most performances at www.shakespearetavern.com
For information on:
Education Programs and Workshops: Laura Cole, Director of Education and Training firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Opportunities: Rich Snow, Volunteer Coordinator at Rich@shakespearetavern.com
Accessibility and The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse: The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse is handicapped accessible. Please let the box office know if you have any special needs that we should be aware of in order to make your Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse experience the very best we can. Our handicapped entrance ramp/parking is located directly behind our building. Once you turn onto Renaissance Parkway from Peachtree Street, you will turn right onto Courtland Street. The Tavern’s back entrance will be immediately on your right once you clear the building on the corner and the traffic poles. The turn comes up quickly, so please drive slowly. Handicapped parking is directly in front of the ramp, behind our building, and anywhere spaces are available.
Location: The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse is located at 499 Peachtree Street NE, just four blocks south of The Fox Theater and directly across the street from Emory University Hospital Midtown.
Land Rights: We acknowledge that the location of The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse is on the traditional tribal lands of the Muscogee Creek, colonially referred to as Atlanta.
Parking: We recommend parking in the Emory University Hospital Midtown Parking Deck located directly across the street from the front doors of The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse on Peachtree Street. Regular parking price is $5.
Food and Beverage Service: The Tavern opens one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance for food and beverage service. Chef for a Night Catering provides a British-pub-style menu for dinner. The Tavern has beer, wine, coffee, tea, soft drinks, bottle beer and draft beers on tap.
Seating and Box Office: Seating is done on a “first come, first served” basis within each designated section (Main Floor, Box Seats, Balcony). Table seating is limited however all seats can accommodate food and beverages. For tickets or more information, call or email The Tavern Box Office at 404.874.5299 x 0 or email@example.com or buy tickets online at www.shakespearetavern.com
The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse is a registered 501 ( C ) 3 non-profit organization.