TONIGHT we open THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE: ABRIDGED! This is the 3rd time Aurora has directed this show with these actors for OTE. Here’s what Jeff Haut, the 3rd member of the cast, has to say about his process and the show:
What sort of person is going to love this show?
Anyone with a passing knowledge of Shakespeare, and even those who’ve never heard of him. Come for the hidden insights into the words of The Bard, stay for the vomiting and cannabalistic cooking!
What’s challenging about bringing this script to life?
It’s EXHAUSTING. Both mentally and physically. Running around onstage for 90 minutes is a lot tougher then it looks, especially when there’s still all this dialogue one is trying to remember while metaphorically spinning plates.
Why did you want to be involved in SHAKESPEARE IN THE HILLS?
Aurora does a tremendous job with every single productions she’s a part of, and it’s an honor that she asked me to be one of the three yahoos needed for Complete Works.
How is this production bringing something new to this story?
This production is always new, due to the people who are a part of it. Jarrod, Charles and I have done this show twice already, but each run and performance within the run has always been different. That’s the magic of live theater, as well as a show like this.
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
How good I look in tweed.
Call someone out by name: who must come see this production?
You, at the computer. With the weird hair. No, not you, YOU. Yes, YOU should come see Complete Works abridged.
How is this character like you? Different?
Egotistical blowhard? Check.
Knows everything yet knows absolutely nothing? Check.
Looks good in tights? Check and Check!
What do you love about this character?
The camaraderie between the three guys is amazing. The way all tree of us bounce off each other is something to see.
What’s the biggest challenge about taking on this role?
Remembering what bloody line comes next.
Besides yourself, what celebrity would you like to see tackle this character?
Robert Downey Jr.
Without giving anything away, what’s your favorite line of dialogue?
If you could play any other character in this show, who would it be?
Wearing a dress and vomiting on people? Why yes, Jarrod, i do want to switch roles!
What do you want to be when you grow up?
If I ever do, being that guy who does the movie trailers would be pretty cool.
If someone was going to make your life into a movie, who would play you?
A depressing amount of people have said John C Reily.
When did you first perform?
In sixth grade. I was the cutest Lil’ Jud Fry in Oklahoma!
Besides this one, what’s your favorite stage show?
Very difficult. But probably Avenue Q is the absolute funniest experience I’ve ever had.
Who do you look up to (as an actor/director/etc.)?
Aurora has always had my admiration for the amount of care and effort she puts into doing what she obviously loves. Every show I do with her always leaves me with the feeling that I’m part of something special and her rapport with the actors as well as her visions of creativity always astound me.
What’s your perfect Sunday afternoon look like?
Lazing around the house. Expecting something different? Lazy is good!
When you have a five-minute break during rehearsal, what do you spend that time doing?
Catching up on my reading. Or sleep. Sleep is good.
Who’s the funniest person in the cast in real life?
Charles. Dude’s hilarious.
What do you do when you’re not doing theatre?
Work! And work some more! I am currently employed at a Home Depot warehouse helping run Inventory. It’s challenging and surprisingly fun.
If you had a magic wand, what show would you do next?
Beauty and the Beast is a fantastic show, and I’d love to do it again.
What’s the last thing you do before you step out on stage / the curtain goes up?
Check my lines, sing a rousing chorus of Eye of the Tiger, and hope that it’s not the one day I fall flat on my face.
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. Our last performance will be held at 6:30PM on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 949-707-2680.