The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]

By Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Winfield

Directed by Katrina Stevenson

Mar. 15 – Apr. 7, 2019

Tickets start at: $29.50

Preview Performances: Mar. 13 – 14 | Wed. – Thr. 8pm | Tickets start at: $18

Shimberg Playhouse, Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Thank You

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) is made possible in part by a generous gift from J. Kevin Poitras, MD.

What It’s About

Having shrunk Shakespeare’s wit and wisdom into manageable morsels of madness, Jobsite returns to tear around the stage in doublets and Chuck Taylor’s on a riotous romp through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays plus the sonnets all in an hour and a half.

In this cult hit, the full works of the Bard have been edited into just 90 minutes. All 16 comedies are distilled into one short sketch and the historical plays are performed as a football game. The complete works of William Shakespeare in one evening? Ambitious? Foolhardy? Insane? Absolutely!

Audiences will be forced to throw out every preconceived notion of Shakespeare as Tampa’s original Bad Boys of Abridgment condense his complete works into a single theatrical experience.

Why It’s For You

You really like to watch old white guys sweat profusely and embarrass themselves. You struggled through high school or college lit classes and have been dying for someone to savagely make fun of all this stuff. You didn’t struggle at all through lit classes and would like to come laugh louder than anyone else at the dank inside references. But really it’s probably just because you’ve had a week and wanna laugh for an hour and a half non-stop at three doughy sweaty white dudes.

Why We Chose It

This is one from the vaults, for sure. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary this is a play that certainly stands out — at one point we even called it “The Franchise.” We performed it often between 2001 and 2005 (not to mention the other (abridged) titles) and for many of our fans these shows are how they discovered us. We could have revived a lot of productions from out past but not many would be as meaningful and even fewer would keep the 20th anniversary party going the way this does.

We’re also excited that this is a [revised] script that takes some of the best gags and updates from productions all over the world (of course we look forward to adding even more of our own)!

(L-R) Spencer Meyers, David M. Jenkins and Shawn Paonessa in Jobsite's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). (Photo by Pritchard Photography.)
(L-R) Spencer Meyers, David M. Jenkins and Shawn Paonessa in Jobsite's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). (Photo by Pritchard Photography.)

Production History

This production, originally produced by Jobsite in March of 2001, played to capacity crowds in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center for a 3-week run and has since been brought back in Tampa three times for one-night or one-weekend command performances – all of which have sold out. Jobsite also took the show in 2005 to Largo Cultural Center along with America (abridged) for a weekend. It was named a Top 10 production of 2001 by both Weekly Planet and The Tampa Tribune and continues to be one of Jobsite’s most memorable and popular productions.

The actors are unwilling to let any member of the audience have a bad time, and their simple joy is infectious. They are absolutely fearless and unending fun.

St. Petersburg Times

Think one part Three Stooges, one part Saturday Night Live, and one part fraternity talent show ... they do it so exuberantly, with so much delight in every cascade of spittle, every crotch-grab and pratfall, that you can't help but have a good time watching them.

Weekly Planet


Cast & Crew

  • Katrina Stevenson – Director
  • Teah Banks – Stage Manager


  • David M. Jenkins – David
  • Spencer Meyers – Spencer
  • Shawn Paonessa – Shawn


  • Salem Brophy – Assistant Stage Manager
  • Jeremy Douglass – Composer
  • David M. Jenkins – Sound Designer
  • Brian Smallheer – Technical Director
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer

2001 – 2005 Touring Cast & Crew

  • Katrina Stevenson – Director
  • Summer Bohnenkamp – Stage Manager


  • Jason Evans – Jason
  • David M. Jenkins – David
  • Shawn Paonessa – Shawn


  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer/Props Master

Patron Reviews

  • The show last night was absolutely brilliant. We enjoyed it very much. Can't remember when I laughed so hard. – Mark Axley
  • We attended the second preview ... and I didn’t know what to expect.... A little knowledge of Shakespeare might help but certainly isn’t required. Between the script (or “outline”, if you want to call it that), the wonderful actors and the intimacy of the theatre, it was one of the funniest shows I’ve seen (and I’ve seen a lot of standup and Second City).... I would highly recommend this for anyone wanting (or needing) a fun night out. -Darren Clauws
  • I saw the preview night performance last night. These guys are hilarious!! If you’re thinking about missing it because you think you don’t know enough about Shakespeare, DON’T. Another great show by Jobsite Theater - Amanda Patanow
  • I was there for opening night and we loved it! So hilarious and incredibly well done. – Lorinda Toole Gamson
  • The most recent production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) was absolutely brilliant. - Mark Axley
  • Great performance. I laughed the entire show. – Anthony Tarosky
  • Last night I laughed and laughed ... I highly recommend Jobsite Theater’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [Revised]! My name is now Bob and I like to run back and forth over and over again. – Jonathan Harrison
  • Last night I laughed and laughed ... I highly recommend Jobsite Theater’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [Revised]! My name is now Bob and I like to run back and forth over and over again. – Jonathan Harrison
  • If you thought anything Shakespeare couldn’t be funny, methinks you should get thyself to @jobsitetheater for their latest production of “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised) now playing through April 7 – Linda Brandt
  • What a wonderful night Saturday was. The three of you had such a good interplay of timing and antics, that my wife and I were laughing all the way through. On top of that, you all looked to be having such a great time. Funny theatre can hit me several ways, and I know I tend to like drama more than comedies, but when it is clear that the cast is having as much fun as the audience, the whole thing just feels right. – Ben Graffam
  • Jobsite always comes through with the best talent and productions. This show has to be one of the most delightful, smart and non-stop hilarious productions yet! The three of you were fantastic. What energy! Loved it. – Brenda Delgado Ordetx
  • We enjoyed it all so much. Inspired silliness – just what we need in this world!! – Margaret Nolan Mays
  • Saw it years ago and again yesterday and it was great. Loved how it had current day references – Sharon Smallheer
  • Recommended! Great production. - Rhonda K
  • This was my first time at Shimberg Playhouse and my first time seeing The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and it was great! The playhouse is small and cozy. I thought all the guys did an excellent job but Spencer was my favorite. That dude is absolutely hilarious!! – Joni Ann
  • Fantastically funny! – Guesna Dohrman
  • I laughed so hard I cried! – Jennifer Madeline (@jennifermcaputo)
  • How many times have you left a theater with your cheeks hurting from laughing too much?If the World is putting your mind in a dark place, you owe it to yourself to see The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. It is is good for what ails ya. – @MTClarity

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