• 84°

Those three are at it again!

Lee Street theatre opens ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged’ this week

By Verity Pryor-Harden, Lee Stree theatre

Forget everything you’ve ever thought about Shakespeare: long, boring plays with words that don’t make any sense, maybe a couple of sword fights, and lots of men in tights. Now, imagine all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays smashed together into a hilarious glob and you get The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged.

“The show is written and performed in such a way that it doesn’t matter if you are a fan of the bard or never experienced him — you will laugh and love it!” says Justin Dionne, the director of the show. Cast member Brian Romans adds, “If you’ve never seen Shakespeare live before, DON’T BE SCARED…we haven’t either.”

The bad boys of abridgement Brian Romans, Jacob Asher, and Jason Roland have all worked together before on Lee Street theatre’s past abridged shows: The Complete History of America Abridged and All the Great Books Abridged, but this year they are tackling the works of the Bard himself. With only three actors and dozens of characters to cover, each of the boys has to play several characters, facilitated by wacky costumes and props, and for the female characters — wigs.

The boys will also take the show on the road and perform for the students at Carson and Salisbury High Schools on April 8. This tour is particularly important for the boys, as they all happened to see the show while in high school themselves and said that it definitely opened them up to liking Shakespeare. “I remember when I was in high school a group performed this very show for us, and I credit it with really turning me on to the possibility of Shakespeare as relevant and accessible,” said Jacob Asher, who plays nearly all of the female characters.

Whether you’ve been following the boys since their first performance or if this is your first time, you’ll be in for a real treat. Cast member Jason Roland sums it up perfectly: “this show is the strongest of the three we’ve done at Lee Street theatre. It’s very funny and isn’t dull for a minute. There is always something going on to look (and laugh) at.”

Tickets are $15 + tax and available online at leestreet.org/tickets or by calling 704-310-5507. All performances will be at the Lee Street Theater and Performing Arts Center at the Tom and Martha Smith Event Center, 329 North Lee St.

Lee Street theatre presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, April 2-4 and 9-11 at 7:30 p.m. The play is directed by Justin Dionne, managing artistic director of Lee Street theatre, stage managed by Cody Mangum, Movement Advised by Verity Pryor-Harden, administrative assistant of Lee Street theatre, and the cast includes Brian Romans, Jacob Asher and Jason Roland.

About Post Lifestyles

Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalPostLifestyle/ and Twitter @postlifestlyes for more content

email author More by Post



In lieu of annual festival, New Sarum turns Cheerwine beer release into celebration


RSS says federal money won’t be long-term solution for staff pay

China Grove

Main Street Marketplace combines local ingredients, community with farm-to-table dinner


Business roundup: New managing director takes helm at Piedmont Players Theatre


COVID-19 cases continue decline as week brings 12 new deaths


Letter: Privileged to work where artists are valued

Brincefield Cartoons

Mook’s Place: COVID-19


Library notes: New podcast coming in October


In ‘This is Salisbury,’ Manier paints people who make city a better place to live


Stokes earns best in show at Carolina Artists Guild’s Expo


Livingstone College passes goal for UNCF kickoff


Commissioners to consider tax incentives for developer planning 63,000-square-foot facility in southern Rowan


OctoberTour will return to in-person tours, require proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 tests


Keepin it poppin’: The Old 97 Kettlecorn Company adapts during pandemic, earns honor

East Spencer

East Spencer mayor says board knew about new administrator’s sexual battery charge before hiring


College football: Catawba holds on for 3-0 start


Salisbury-based Lutheran Services Carolinas expands refugee program


Trailblazing tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown


One stunning afternoon: Setbacks imperil Biden’s reset


Defense witness gives tearful account of deadly shooting in Fishzilla murder trial

News Main

High school football: Hornets easily handle unbeaten Thomasville; North, Davie also romp


Judges strike down state’s voter ID law


Jury finds Robert Durst guilty of best friend’s murder


Jeffrey MacDonald ends release appeal from infamous 1970 slayings