JD Players to present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)”

From left, Joseph Stinson, Payton Bellew and Lino Rodriguez are the three actors that will spend 97 minutes covering all 37 Shakespearean plays in “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” at MGCCC Jefferson Davis Campus February 16-19. 

From left, Joseph Stinson, Payton Bellew and Lino Rodriguez are the three actors that will spend 97 minutes covering all 37 Shakespearean plays in “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” at MGCCC Jefferson Davis Campus February 16-19.

The Jefferson Davis Players will present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” on February 16-19 in the Arena Theatre at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jefferson Davis Campus.  Show times are 7:30 p.m. on February 16-18 and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18-19.

The play, written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield, offers the audience a 97-minute romp through Shakespeare’s 37 plays.  The three writers honed their pass-the-hat act at Renaissance fairs, premiered their preposterous masterwork at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987. It quickly became a worldwide phenomenon, earning the title of London’s longest-running comedy after a decade at the Criterion Theatre. “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” is one of the world’s most frequently produced plays and has been translated into several dozen languages. Featured are all of Shakespeare’s plays, meant to be performed in less than two hours, by three actors. Fast paced, witty, and physical, it’s full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike.

The three actors in the JD Players’ performance are Payton Bellew, Lino Rodriguez and Joseph Stinson.  The technical staff includes Ryan Pierini, director; Jasmine Vaughan, stage manager; Tory LaRiviere, assistant stage manager; Jonathan Gural, light board operator; and Kristen Terrell, sound board operator.

Ticket prices are $7 regular admission and $5 students.  Groups of 10 or more should call for reservations.  For more information or reservations, call 228-897-3931 or visit mgccc.edu/jd-players.

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.

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