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Gaslight Theatre presents comedic Shakespeare shows throughout Luzerne County Sept. 12-22

Gaslight Theatre presents comedic Shakespeare shows throughout Luzerne County Sept. 12-22
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From a press release:

The Gaslight Theatre Company will present their comedic fall production, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” in three locations around Luzerne County this month, including two free performances.

Written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield (Reduced Shakespeare Company), “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” is a saucy, fast-paced play that parodies William Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, and histories with comically shortened pieces. By breaking the fourth wall, the actors, director, crew, and audience become one for a side-splitting evening of madcap, improv-filled knavery. You’ve never seen Shakespeare done this quickly and this quirky – all 37 plays in 90 minutes!

In the spirit of Elizabethan-era acting troupes, the company will present two free outdoor performances in advance of a normal weekend of ticketed shows. First in the lineup, Gaslight returns for the second annual Shakespeare on the River with a free performance on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at the River Common Amphitheatre (133 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre), co-presented by Wilkes-Barre’s Riverfront Parks Committee. In the event of rain, the performance will be held at Downtown Arts (47 N. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre). Gaslight will present another outdoor performance on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. at the new amphitheater located behind the Pittston Memorial Library (47 Broad St., Pittston, REAR). This show will also be free and open to the public.

The company will then present three regular performances the following weekend, Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. All three regular performances will be ticketed and indoors at Downtown Arts in Wilkes-Barre. General admission tickets are $15 and $12 for students, seniors, and military. Tickets cannot be reserved or sold in advance but will be available at the door. The box office will open one hour prior to performances and accepts cash, checks, and all major credit cards.

The Gaslight​ ​Theatre​ ​Company​ ​was​ ​founded​ ​in​ ​2003​ ​with​ ​the​ ​mission​ ​to​ ​create​ ​impactful, innovative,​ ​and​ ​high-quality​ ​theatre​ ​that​ ​enriches​ ​the​ ​lives​ ​of​ ​local ​artists​ ​and​ the ​community.​