The 2018 productions of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) (revised) moves to Montinore Estates in Forest Grove this weekend.

Last weekend's performances at Stoller Family Estate set new attendance and donation records. Willamette Shakespeare and Portland Actors Ensemble are grateful for your support.

The positive response has been overwhelming, with people remarking about not having laughed out loud and so hard in a long time. Several people returned a second time. As you know, with live performances, it's never exactly the same every night. 

The three PAE actors, Joel Patrick Durham, Sara Fay Goldman, and Landy Hite, had the large audience amazed and involved (there is some audience participation). Talented and energetic and quick witted, they are destined for great things in the future. 

Many thanks to Director and Production Designer Sam Dinkowitz, to Stage Manager Kira Atwood-Youngstrom, to Producer Sherry Ostendorf, to Costume Designer Kimberly Smay, to Set Builder Berkeley Larsen, to House Manager, Joannah Ball, and to the folks at Stoller who helped make this show a success.


Listen to PAE's Artistic Director Paul Susi discuss Changing Shakespeare as well as this production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare on KBOO 90.7 FM.


Willamette Shakespeare, in partnership with Portland Actors Ensemble, presents THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (abridged) (revised) for its 2018 season. The free performances can be seen at Stoller Vineyard in Dundee/Dayton, Montinore Vineyard in Forest Grove, Willamette Valley Winery in Turner, Meinig Memorial Park in Sandy, and the Reed College Lawn in Portland.


Montinore Estate, Forest Grove, August 10th and 11th at 7PM, August 12th at 6PM

Willamette Valley Vineyards, Turner, August 17th and 18th at 7PM, August 19th at 6PM

Meinig Memorial Park, Sandy, August 25th at 7PM and 26th at 6PM

Reed College Lawn, Portland, September 1st, 2nd, 3rd at 3PM

We hope to see you at one or more of the performances. Bring jackets, blankets or chairs, and a picnic, or purchase food at the venues. As always, the events are free and open to the public. No outside alcohol is permitted, but each winery will sell its own wine by the glass or bottle.


Actor – Sara Fay Goldman

Actor – Joel Patrick Durham

Actor – Landy Hite

Director, Production Design – Sam Dinkowitz

Stage Manager – Kira Atwood-Youngstrom

Producer – Sherry Ostendorf

Costume Design – Kimberly Smay

Set Build – Berkeley Larsen

Photographer – Gary Norman

House Manager - Joannah Ball

Special highlight:

Paul Susi, Artistic Director
Portland Actors Ensemble

 Paul Susi is an educator, activist, arts administrator, and a performing artist. Paul has worked as a youth counselor and an educator at several Portland nonprofit organizations serving homeless, recovering, post-incarcerated, and adjudicated populations. He has appeared onstage with Boom Arts, Profile Theater, Shaking the Tree, Push Leg, Anon It Moves, String House Productions, Action/Adventure Theater, Los Portenos, Cerimon House, Northwest Children’s Theater, Working Theatre Collective, Contagious Theater, defunkt, Milagro Teatro, Hand2Mouth Theatre, and The Forgery. Paul has appeared regionally and internationally with Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Vermont Stage Company, Island Stage Left, and Poland’s Stacja Szamocin. He has worked on several projects supported by the Regional Arts and Culture Council. Most recently, Paul co-founded The Color of Now, a live discussion series focusing on race and privilege in Portland, and served as Lead Shelter Host and shift supervisor for the innovative Peace Shelter, supervising 4 staff and 100 self-identified men experiencing homelessness in downtown Portland.

The Board of Directors of PAE were pleased to announce that Paul Susi, who had been serving as Interim Artistic Director, accepted an offer to serve as Artistic Director of Portland Actors Ensemble. Paul’s vision for his respect of the history of this company will see PAE well into its 50th season, and beyond.  Paul, who is an accomplished artist and vital voice for the arts in the Portland community, was recently recognized for his extensive contributions by the Regional Arts & Culture Council. Please click the link below for a glimpse of Paul’s vision and some of the other theater honorees:


In addition to his artistic contributions, Paul has many other passions and projects that make his voice vital in our community and an excellent match for PAE. Paul is a tireless advocate for the houseless and the marginalized through his involvement in the Transition Project and Street Books. His leadership in the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project invites us to engage in deeper conversations as community members about important topics such as education, home, and diversity.

In Paul’s own words: 

“PAE/Shakespeare in the Parks has long been many things to this community. For many audiences, we’ve offered them their first experiences with live theater and with Shakespeare. For many actors and artists, we’ve been important milestones in their careers and ambitions. Above all, we’ve been a living commitment to free and equal access to our common cultural heritage, no matter how privileged or marginalized you may be, and this continues to be the keystone of our mission in this vibrant, glorious community.

“I am so proud and honored to lead this fantastic organization, particularly as our community continues to experience profound change and growth. As an artist of color, a native Portlander and as someone who cares deeply about Shakespeare, I’m so, so excited for the opportunity to promote a broader, unexpected vision of these works, and to highlight how they speak to our turbulent now. When so many other companies have diminished or disappeared altogether, free, “poor” theaters have endured beyond anyone’s expectations. We are resolved to build on this generous heritage, and to pursue greater rigor, excellence, professionalism, and daring innovation, than ever before.

“I strongly encourage anyone who’s ever felt left behind or silenced to join us in fulfilling this mission. We welcome all of our devoted, loyal audiences, and all of you newly discovering outdoor theater. To paraphrase a little-known poet, our love for you is as boundless as the sea, and as deep. The more we give to you, the more we have, for both are infinite.”


The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (also known as The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)) is a play written by Adam LongDaniel Singer, and Jess Winfield that parodies the plays of William Shakespeare with all of them being performed (in comically shortened or merged form) by only three actors. Typically, the actors use their real names and play themselves rather than specific characters. The fourth wall is nonexistent in the performance with the actors speaking directly to the audience during much of the play, and some scenes involve audience participation. The director and stage crew may also be directly involved in the performance and become characters themselves.

Improvisation plays an important role and it is normal for the actors to deviate from the script and have spontaneous conversations about the material with each other or the audience. It is also common for them to make references to pop culture or to talk about local people and places in the area where the play is being performed. As a result, performances differ, even with the same cast.

The writers, Long, Singer, and Winfield, former founding members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, first performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1987 and later played at the Criterion Theatre in London, where it ran for nine years. It has become one of the world's most popular shows, playing frequently in a variety of languages. It is notable for holding the world record for the shortest-ever performance of Hamlet, clocking in at 43 seconds, as well as the fastest performance of Hamlet backwards, at 42 seconds.

The three actors first introduce themselves to the audience, the first actor reminding the audience not to record the show, the second giving a speech about how unappreciated William Shakespeare is, and the third giving a biography of Shakespeare mixed up with a biography of Adolf Hitler.

They begin with a parody of Romeo and Juliet. Next, they do a parody of Titus Andronicus, portraying it as a cooking show. Following it is Othello, which is done through a rap song. The rest of the first act demonstrates most of the other plays. All the comedies are combined into one convoluted reading (the justification being that they all recycle the same plot devices anyway). All the histories are acted out through an American football game with the British Crown as the football (or as a soccer match in at least one German production or an Australian Rules football game in an Australian production). Julius Caesar is reduced to his death, followed immediately by a reduction of Antony and Cleopatra, and a reduction of Macbeth to one duel while explaining all about ketchup and mustard and other elements (witches, Macbeth's downfall, etc.) in poor Scottish accents. There is also a failed attempt at scholarly discussion of the Shakespeare Apocrypha.

At the end of the act, the characters realise that they forgot to perform Coriolanus which Adam refuses to do due the vulgarity of the title, and Hamlet, Shakespeare's greatest work.

The entire second act is the performance of Hamlet. The audience gets involved during this segment when one audience member is asked to portray Ophelia for the Nunnery Scene. The rest of the audience makes up Ophelia's subconscious, with three sections that each represent her ego, superego, and id. After the portrayal of Hamlet, the actors play it out several times increasing their speed of delivery. They finish by performing it backwards.


August 3rd, 4th, 5th: Stoller Family Estate

August 10th, 11th, 12th: Montinore Estate

August 17th, 18th, 19th: Willamette Valley Vineyards
Fridays and Saturdays at 7 PM. Sundays at 6 PM.
We need volunteers for the vineyard performances to help direct parking, hand out programs, direct people to their seats, sell tickets for the drawing, and help anyone who has a question. To volunteer please contact Joannah Ball at joannahball@gmail.com.


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