Some explanation is in order! Gabe (English major, Class of 2014) starred in a production of a play called The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at the Shorecrest Performing Arts Center in Shorecrest, WA last weekend, not all of the Bard’s plays. Gabe describes The Complete Works as follows: “three guys, one dead playwright, and 37 plays, all in under two hours.”
Quite the feat, and one in keeping with Gabe’s work as a young actor and much more; there’s nothing abridged about his aspirations. “Briefly,” says Gabe, no doubt intending the irony, “I’m pursuing performance in music, circus arts, and acting, with a day (night) job at Teatro Zinzanni,” a Seattle dinner theatre along the lines of Cirque du Soleil. “It’s a wild ride,” he concludes.
Hang on tight, Gabe, and best of luck with your career.
Last Friday evening, Professor Emeritus of English Luke Reinsma attended Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of the Comedy of Errors with students from his senior Shakespeare course. Professor Reinsma explains why this particular work is a good way to start off a quarter studying the Bard: “this early play of Shakespeare is based on a Roman comedy by Plautus, about two twins who get mixed up with one another in Ephesus – except, Shakespeare being Shakespeare, he doubles the fun by pairing each of them with yet another set of mixed-up twins, who are their servants. Much comic mayhem to follow!”
Attending productions by the Seattle Shakespeare Company has become something of a tradition associated with enrollment in the department’s Shakespeare course, bringing to life for students less familiar with Shakespeare the obvious delights his plays contain.