CONTACT: WINSTON BARCLAY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0073; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 16, 1999
Reduced Shakespeare Company's 'Millennium Musical'
covers 1,000 years in 100 minutes
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Reduced Shakespeare Company will
present "The Complete Millennium Musical (abridged): History Ain't What it
Used to Be!" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 in Hancher Auditorium on the University
of Iowa campus.
The antic trio of the Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC)
specializes in hilariously abridged versions of monumental -- and otherwise
serious -- works. They have miniaturized all the Shakespeare plays (also known
as "Honey, We Shrunk the Bard"), condensed the whole of American history to
90 minutes, and distilled the Bible down to the essential blasphemies in "The
Bible -- The Complete Word of God (abridged)."
In their first-ever musical, just in time for the millennium,
they whiz through the famous and infamous events, the discoveries and disasters,
the heroes and villains of the last 1,000 years.
The RSC developed its uniquely irreverent style performing
at pass-the-hat California Renaissance Faires in the early 1980s. Since then
their more upscale venues have included the White House, the Kennedy Center,
Lincoln Center's Serious Fun Festival, the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal
and at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass.
The RSC comically condensed the year 1992 for Time magazine's
"Man of the Year" celebration in London, and on television the group has reduced
the Edinburgh Festival for the BBC, as well as the soap opera "Glenroe" for
RTE Ireland. They have appeared on "NBC's Today Show," "Entertainment
Tonight," CNN's "Show Biz This Week" and New Zealand's "Celebrity Wheel of
Fortune" (they lost). They also reviewed Zefirelli's film of "Hamlet" for
Vogue magazine in Britain.
On radio, the company condensed "Gone With The Wind II
-- Scarlet Fever" for the BBC, and their radio series, "The Reduced Shakespeare
Radio Show" can currently be heard on the BBC World Service and has been released
for sale on the Laughing Stock label. The Reduced Shakespeare Company has
also been a regular contributor to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered."
Everybodys Whole Foods is the corporate sponsor of the
Reduced Shakespeare Company performance through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Remaining tickets for the Reduced Shakespeare Company
are $22.50 and $20. UI students and senior citizens qualify for a 20-percent
discount, with Zone 3 tickets available to UI students for $10. Tickets for
audience members 17 and younger are half price.
Hancher box office hours
are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday.
From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance
within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319)
353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI
students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty
and staff may select the option of payroll deduction.
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary
services should dial
(319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared
to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating,
hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for
people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web.
Learn much more about the Reduced Shakespeare Company
on the World Wide Web at http://www.actwin.com/REDUCED/.