Tuesday, March 2, 2010

In the Wings: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged): Meet Laurie Russell, the director.


Laurie Russell directs The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), the fourth production of the 2009-2010 MainStage season at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. The script is by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield.

Laurie, who had seen the show in London with some of the original actors, provided an overview of the show.

"Three young men have the goal to make Shakespeare palatable for the average person. They are determined that it should be fun," she said. "The guys who wrote the script really know their Shakespeare and they've made it quick moving, funny and slightly disrespectful. The audience will be able to tell that the authors love their subject, and they're having a good time with it."

Laurie said that she is not a big fan of Shakespeare.

"People make fun of me because I always say he's a hack," she said, laughing. "He takes way too long to say something that I could say in three words. But I love several of the comedies and Hamlet. And I do enjoy when people take his plays and add unusual twists to them, but the plays aren't my thing overall."

This cast is the smallest that Laurie has directed at Civic Theatre.

"This group of actors is so funny and so good. They also understand the physicality that is needed," she said. "If anything, I have to reign them in a little bit."

Laurie concluded by suggesting what the audience will most remember about the production.

"I hope the audience will remember the fast pacing, the cleverness, the props and the sheer energy and talent of the group," she said.

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) runs three consecutive weekends from Friday, March 12 through Sunday, March 28 at the historic Monon Depot Theatre in downtown Lafayette. Shows on Friday and Saturday evenings begin at 8:00 p.m.; shows on Sunday afternoons begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for youth age 18 and under.

For more information about the show or to order tickets, call 765-423-7529 or visit Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette's Web site, http://www.lafayettecivic.org/.

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