Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, founding members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, will make a rare public appearance together performing “Hamlet, the Tragedy of the Prince of Denmark” at the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale, California on April 21-22 in honor of the Faire’s 50th Anniversary. Coincidentally, it will mark the 30th anniversary of the debut of their famed half-hour “Hamlet” at the Faire, and 20 years since Singer and Winfield have performed it.
Their comic adaptation of “Hamlet” (with collaborator Adam Long) was woven into their infamous theater-piece The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), which became a worldwide phenomenon after its 1987 debut. “I used to wear a fake grey beard when I played Polonius, but I won’t need to now,” quipped Singer, now 52 and a freelance writer, artist, and former Disney Imagineer. When approached about the revival, Winfield, who now maintains dual careers as an Emmy-award winning producer and an acclaimed novelist, said, “Sure, why not? I’m actually ten years younger than I was 20 years ago.” (Winfield often gets confused these days.) “Besides, I have a new book to shill.”
Featured are all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, meant to be performed in 97 minutes, by three actors. Fast paced, witty, and physical, it’s full of laughter for Shakespeare lovers and haters alike. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s classic farce, two of its original writer/performers (Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield) have thoroughly revised the show to bring it up to date for 21st-century audiences, incorporating some of the funniest material from the numerous amateur and professional productions that have been performed around the world.