Reduced Shakespeare Company Returns with a Long Lost Play

By: Amanda Narcisi

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The Reduced Shakespeare Company returns to Pittsburgh Public Theater From May 31st to July 1st. They will be performing William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged).

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According to the history of Reduced Shakespeare Company, the Long Lost Play was found by RSC in a parking lot written by a young 17-year-old William in Leicester, England. In it was the basis for all of William’s plays, however, it was full of errors…comedic at best. In the manuscript Puck gets into a grudge match with Ariel. Juliet was courted by Dromio and King Lear was the daddy of the Weird Sisters. The villain was a guy named Malvol-lago. Lady Macbeth coached Hamlet and Caliban was replaced by the Taliban. All this will be portrayed on stage by the three actors and will include a ton of costume changes, wigs, a puppet and a kazoo. 

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) opens on May 31st and plays through July 1st at various times. Tuesdays show at 7 pm; Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm (except Wed. June 13); Saturdays at 2 pm (except June 2 & 9) plus 2 pm on Thurs. June 28; Sundays at 2 & 7 pm (except July 1 when the final performance is at 2 pm).

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Ticket prices start at $25. Tickets for students & age 26 & younger: $15.75. Discounts for groups of 10+ are available by contacting Casey Helm at 412.316.8200 ext. 704 or chelm@ppt.org. Ticket prices are subject to change. For tickets call 412.316.1600, go to ppt.org, or visit the O’Reilly Theater Box Office.