Hickory – The Lenoir-Rhyne University Playmakers will kick off the 2016-17 season with a production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). The play will be performed Wednesday, September 21 through Saturday, September 24, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, September 25 at 2:30 p.m. All performances will take place in Belk Centrum Theatre.

The play is a fast-paced comedy in which three actors attempt to tackle all of Shakespeare’s plays in approximately 90 minutes. Through parody, improvisation, and audience participation, the performers will celebrate and lampoon classics like Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth, and Hamlet. The Playmakers are producing this show to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. It was first performed by the Reduced Shakespeare Company at the 1987 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It has gone on to become a crowd-pleasing favorite for audiences around the world.

The play features a trio of LR students including senior theatre major Justin Chapman, junior history major Jordan Makant, and sophomore theatre major Anthony Eadie. Elisabeth Bokhoven, Adjunct Professor in the theatre program at LRU, will direct the play.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Publishing, Inc. Due to suggestive humor and language, the play may be unsuitable for children under age 13.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at the door or can be picked up at the LRU Box office in P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, please contact Josh Yoder, Theatre Program Coordinator, at Joshua.yoder@lr.edu or call 828-328-7161.

Photo: LR student performers from top to bottom – Justin Chapman, Jordan Makant, and Anthony Eadie.