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November 10, 2015 > Return of Made Up Shakespeare shows

Return of Made Up Shakespeare shows

Submitted By Made Up Theatre

This is a dream come true for me. IÕve wanted to do this show since 2008, says Bobby August Jr., director of Made Up Shakespeare. Six improv actors will take the stage and perform a one-hour play that is completely made up on the spot. The audience will provide the cast with the title of a Shakespearean play (that does not exist) and itÕs up to the actors to instantly bring that new play to life using the language and themes found in William ShakespeareÕs writings. Made Up Shakespeare performed a short run of only three shows last year and both the theatre and local audiences are thrilled to see its return.

August says the actors have been rehearsing for months starting with doing just five-minute Shakespearean scenes then slowly building up to a full play. ÒThis is incredibly difficult but thatÕs also what makes it so rewarding. If we can pull this off, then the skyÕs the limit!Ó

Made Up Theatre is FremontÕs very own award-winning sketch and improv comedy theatre. Opened in late 2010 by co-owners Bobby August Jr., Sean Taylor, Ben Stephens, and Dustin Seidler, the cast has performed professionally for over ten years together. ÒWe built a following in the South Bay and weÕre incredibly lucky to have experienced so much success with our theatre company here in Fremont,Ó states Taylor. That success includes recently winning Best Improv Group at the Sacramento Comedy Festival and the 2015 ISHS International Humor Studies conference. Theatre Bay Area also just recently nominated Made Up Theatre for Best Production of a Play for its summer production of ÒGruesome Playground Injuries.Ó

ÒBefore opening our theatre, we all trained together at the world-famous Second City and Annoyance theatres in Chicago. We do our best to bring that same level of professional quality improv shows to the bay. We have a lot of new shows weÕd like to create and perform in the upcoming months including an improvised musical, a night of sketches, one-act plays in different genres, and others,Ó says August. ÒWe hope to see you soon so get thee to the theatre!Ó

The Made Up Shakespeare show will run the first three Friday nights in November and December. Tickets are $12 when purchased in advance online and $15 at the door. Please note this show may contain adult language and content; we recommend a viewing age of 16 and up. For more information, call (510) 573-3633, e-mail, or visit

Made Up Shakespeare
Fridays, Nov 13, 20 & Dec 4, 11 &18
8 p.m.
Made Up Theatre
3392 Seldon Ct, Fremont
(510) 573-3633
Tickets: $12 online, $15 at the door

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