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Nov. 25, 2003


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STUDENTS TO TACKLE ABRIDGED SHAKESPEARE COLLECTION

    OSWEGO -- From "All's Well That Ends Well" to "The Winter's Tale," SUNY Oswego students will attempt to tackle all of the Bard's work when they present "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 in the Tyler Hall lab theatre.

    The $2 admission fee will raise funds for students attending the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival next January. The staging of "I Kiss the Ring of the Bearded Lady," written and directed by theatre Professor Mark Cole, as a similar fund-raiser inspired senior theatre major Zachary Levin to put on this play.

    Levin, who played Omar in Cole's production, said that he aims to lead "a hilarious look at all 37 of the bard's masterpieces and 154 sonnets, condensed into about an hour and a half."

    The president of the campus theatre club Blackfriars, Levin believes the "joy and anguish" of cast members Michael Climek, Brian Heyman and Alissa LeMay attempting this challenging show will make for merry entertainment. "It is a huge undertaking for three performers to portray all of Shakespeare's works in one show, be it legitimate or in our case completely farcical," Levin noted.

    While directing the show, Levin said he has found the proceedings so hilarious that he cracks up every time they rehearse. "This spoof of everything Shakespeare will have you rolling in the aisles," he predicted. "Whether you love the works of Shakespeare or hate them, this show is perfect for you."

    For information or reservations, call the Tyler box office at 312-2141 or e-mail tylerbxo@oswego.edu.

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All the Bard's work on stage

SHAKING UP SHAKESPEARE -- SUNY Oswego students Michael Climek (left), Alissa LeMay and Brian Heyman will perform "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" at 8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 in the Tyler Hall lab theatre. Senior theatre major Zachary Levin, who directs the play, predicts the madcap farce will leave both fans and foes of Shakespeare "rolling in the aisles." The $2 admission fee will raise funds for students attending the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival next January.



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