Prague Shakespeare Company presents
William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged)
by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor
Directed by Jennifer King
Starring a rotating cast of Jared Doreck, Steve Josephson, John Poston, Sinead Phelps, Jeff Koch and Michael Garamoni, with offstage support from Eliza Roth and Petr Brezani.
Performed in English at Divadlo Kolowrat
An ancient manuscript has been found in a parking lot in Leicester, England (alongside an unimportant-looking pile of bones that got tossed in a dumpster). This 425-year old text turns out to be the literary Holy Grail: William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged) puts many of Shakespeare’s most famous lines into surprising and comic contexts.
In this strange-yet-familiar narrative, an ancient grudge pits Puck (from Midsummer) against Ariel (from The Tempest) and turns Shakespeare’s canon upside-down, creating such strange bedfellows as Hamlet and that master motivator Lady Macbeth, Viola and Richard III, King Lear and the Weird Sisters, and (of course) Dromio and Juliet. Using questionable scholarship and street-performer smarts, playwrights Reed Martinand Austin Tichenor weave together most of the famous speeches and plot devices of Shakespeare’s thirty-nine plays to create a fast, funny, and fictional fortieth, filled with witty wordplay and vaudevillian variety.
“Long Lost” received its first workshop production at Shakespeare Napa Valley under the artistic leadership of Jennifer King and now makes her directorial debut at Prague Shakespeare Company with the European premiere of this very funny play.
350Kcz – General Admission
200kcz – Student / Seniors / Handicapped
Partners of the production are Kolowrat-Krakowsky family, the City of Prague, International School Prague, the British Embassy Prague, and Barrandov Studio a.s. Prague Shakespeare Company thanks JUDr. Dominika Kolowrat-Krakowska, Maximilian Kolowrat-Krakowsky and Francesca Kolowrat-Krakowska for their selfless and generous support.