North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central stages parodies of Shakespeare plays Jan. 13-15

Print Email Share

Contact: Ted Slowik, director of PR and media relations, 630-637-5307

Dec. 14, 2010—Those who appreciate Shakespeare and modern theatre will be intrigued by North Central College’s stage presentation of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” a show that parodies Shakespeare’s plays into one night of hilarity.

The student-directed production will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 14 and 15 in North Central’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $5/adults and $3/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Senior Curtis Stelter of Lemont, Ill., will direct the production and its three actors. “Simply put, this show is nonsense and full of nonstop laughs,” says Stelter. “The three actors who are running the show portray every one of Shakespeare’s 37 plays and sonnets in one evening. This high energy show has great Shakespearian moments. The actors take these moments and change them to fit their own style. For example, ‘Othello’ is done as rap, and the historical plays are performed as a football game with the Crown as the ball.”

Stelter says the show is appropriate for all ages, especially because of its slapstick comedy and one-liners. “The true comedy comes through in updating the show. The playwrights instruct directors to use the scripted parts as guides to make each show unique and different depending on the audience. It’s been a blast to improvise and really play with the text.”

This production is part of North Central’s Student Director Series. The College’s theatre faculty invites students to submit a proposal to direct their own theatrical productions and the best are selected. Stelter is majoring in theatre and his proposal was one of four chosen for the 2010-2011 fine arts season. 

The cast of three play themselves and are featured in the photo, from left:

Kevin Williams of Nashville, Tenn., a sophomore majoring in musical theatre
Erik Eiseman of Freeport, Ill.
Mark Campbell of Glen Ellyn, a junior majoring in English writing

North Central College offers majors in theatre or musical theatre and a minor in dance. A full range of acting and dance classes is available, as well as opportunities to direct a full-length production. Students of all majors can participate in musical and nonmusical performances, actor showcases and one-act plays and performances in the College’s four theatre venues. Full-time professors and active professionals who are artist-teachers serve as faculty. For more information about North Central College’s theatre programs visit

North Central College’s 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors.

These theatre performances are among the many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).