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We had a wonderful first weekend of SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS! We opened last weekend with 3 performances of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM! This Friday night, July 31 we return with another performance of MIDSUMMER. And Saturday, August 1, we will open THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: ABRIDGED.

Here is our interview with Charles Long who plays “Charles” in THE COMPLETE WORKS. A little quirky. Read it if you dare!

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What sort of person is going to love this show?
Brazillions and people who love watching their enemies being destroyed.

What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
All the theoretical physics research that Jeff used in his research of The Nobel Bard.

Why did you want to be involved in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS?
One evening, I was sitting in a restaurant in Shanghai sipping the soup from my xiao long bao. Three days later I woke up in a sweatshop in south Orange County where I was forced to memorize every one of the sonnets under sweltering conditions. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets. Eventually, with hard work and cunning, I earned a position of actor under the OTE theatre company. The ends justify the means.

How is this production bringing something new to this story?
This production removes 217 lines from the original production and adds a significantly higher amount of 217 lines to the show, making the total running time 97 minutes longer than the amount of time it takes you to shower.

What’s going to surprise people about this show?
Jarrod and myself are the top two contenders for the welterweight division of Shakespearean breakdowns. Be prepared to see lots of blood, excruciating iambic pentameter, and a lot of leprechauns.
Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
I did. Nothing happened. Now what?

How is this character like you? Different?
I am just like Charles: cruel, ruthless, and apple-pated.
I am not like Charles: purple, Naomi & Ruth, apple-bottomed.

What do you love about this character?
I love being able to cry onstage for the entertainment of my friends and family.

What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Carrying out the method acting tasks to truly become myself. This involves hours of studying myself riding flying elephants, hiking up mountains in space, and shooting lasers at a variety of two-dimensional objects.

Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
I’m afraid I don’t understand what fishing has to do with this.

Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
Jeff because his role in the Troilus and Cressida scene is really poignant.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A starving, obese musician. Also married.

If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
Uhhh Kristen Stewart obviously.

When did you first perform?
About the same time as my sister.

Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
The dolphins at Sea World.

Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?
Jeff, he’s well over 8 feet.

What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Painting in the park with George.

What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Everything else: singing, photography, sweating, and molting.

If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Lord of the Rings the Musical

What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?
Cover my face in vasoline to avoid excess bleeding.

SHOW INFORMATION: 

Bring a blanket or your lawn chair to the Laguna Hills Community Center for this summer’s Shakespeare in the Hills, which is featuring two productions for your enjoyment.

 Director Aurora J. Culver brings one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”,  to the Laguna Hills Community Center resulting in a marvelous mix-up of desire, whimsy, heartache, and farce, all touched by Shakespeare’s inimitable vision of life, love and the tantalizing reality of our most fantastical dreams. Performances are held at 6:30PM on July  31st, and August 7th

For an irreverent, fast-paced 90 minute romp through all of the Bard’s 37 plays, Shakespeare in the Hills presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged, featuring three madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.  Performances of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged begin at 6:30PM on August 1st, 2nd & 8th.

For both productions being offered at this year’s Shakespeare in the Hills, we are accepting online registration athttps://apm.activecommunities.com/lagunahillscs or follow “register a class” links at http://www.ci.laguna-hills.ca.us/ (follow “register a class” links).

On the day of each show, we are accepting cash only at the door (no checks, or debit/credit cards).

The shows will start at 6:30 p.m. The shows will be held on the lawn near the gazebo at the Laguna Hills Community Center, located at 25555 Alicia Parkway in Laguna Hills, CA.  Tickets are just $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free

For more information write aurorajculver@gmail.com or call 949-707-2680.