the complete works
Playwright: Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield
Number of Actors: 5
Stage Type: Black Box Thrust
Date: Feb. 2015
Description: All of the plays of William Shakespeare performed in comically shortened or amalgamated form by only three actors, in this case, five, three men and two women. Typically, the actors use their real names and play themselves rather than certain characters. The fourth wall is nonexistent in the performance with the actors speaking directly to the audience during much of the play, and some scenes involve audience participation.The script contains many humorous footnotes on the text that are often not included in the performance. However, improvisation plays an important role and it is normal for the actors to deviate from the script and have spontaneous conversations about the material with each other or the audience. It is also common for them to make references to pop culture or to talk about local people and places in the area where performance is done. As a result, each performance can be vastly different from another, even with the same cast.
It is notable for holding the (self-proclaimed) world record for the shortest ever performance of Hamlet, clocking in at 43 seconds, as well as the fastest performance of Hamlet backwards, at 42 seconds.