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RCC Announces Reduced Shakespeare Company Extravaganza

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2014

Reston’s favorite comedy trio to present eight shows during 
ten-day festival

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RESTON, VA —In celebration of Reston’s 50th Anniversary, Reston Community Center (RCC) is proud to announce a ten-day Reduced Shakespeare Company Extravaganza. The festival will include eight performances by The Reduced Shakespeare Company, a comedy boot camp and several opportunities to meet members of the internationally-known comedy ensemble.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies. The “Bad Boys of Abridgement” have created nine stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots, and numerous radio pieces – all of which have been performed, seen, and heard the world over. The trio’s annual visit to RCC’s CenterStage has made them a favorite with Reston audiences.

“The Reduced Shakespeare Company has been part of the RCC arts family for more than two decades,” said RCC Executive Director Leila Gordon. “We can’t imagine any significant anniversary year in Reston that wouldn’t include sharing the hilarity they bring to the CenterStage and our community. In this extraordinary year, bringing back these shows and many original cast members is the “least” we could do for their fans and fully in the spirit of “reducing” us to helpless laughter.”

Tickets will be available to Reston residents and employees on August 1 and to the general public on August 8. Reston Community Center’s Reduced Shakespeare Company Extravaganza will include the following performances:

  • Complete History of Comedy (abridged)
    Reston Premiere plus Opening Night Party        
    Friday, September 12 at 8:00 p.m. ($30 Reston/$60 Non-Reston)
  • Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] In honor of the Sesquiquadricentennial of Shakespeare’s Birth!
    Saturday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m. 
    ($25 Reston/$50 Non-Reston)
  • Complete History of America (abridged)   
    Sunday, September 14 at 3:00 p.m. 
    ($25 Reston/$50 Non-Reston)
  • Selected readings from the Lost Works (abridged)
    …including (but not limited to) The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged) & The Complete Millennium Musical (abridged),songs/verses cut from other shows, readings from RSC books and radio shows – recorded live for future podcast
    Wednesday, September 17 at 8:00 p.m.
    ($15 Reston/$30 Non-Reston)
  • Complete World of Sports (abridged)                    
    Thursday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. 
    ($25 Reston/$50 Non-Reston)
  • Bible: Complete Word of God (abridged)           
    Plus post-show Q&A session
    Friday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. ($25 Reston/$50 Non-Reston)
  • All The Great Books (abridged)                 
    Saturday, September 20 at 8:00 p.m. 
    ($25 Reston/$50 Non-Reston)
  • Completely Hollywood (abridged) 
    Plus farewell toast
    Sunday, September 21 at 3:00 p.m. 
    ($30 Reston/$60 Non-Reston)


“We are putting the ‘extra’ in EXTRAVAGANZA,” says PD Michnewicz, RCC Director of Arts and Events. “The festival will include comedy boot camps, podcasts, book signings, talk backs, school workshops, and special guests.”

All performances will take place at the CenterStage, located at Reston Community Center Hunters Woods (2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston, VA 20191). More information about RCC, CenterStage, the Professional Touring Artist Series and these performances is available online atwww.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Tickets will be available for purchase as follows:

  • August 1: Sales Open to Reston Residents and Employees
  • August 8: Sales Open to the General Public; Online Sales Begin


Box Office Business Hours are as follows: 
            Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday:      4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
            Saturday:                                            1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
            Two Hours Prior to Curtain Time for Each Performance


About Reston Community Center

Each year RCC offers more than 2,000 positive, self-development experiences that enhance the quality of life for all people living and working in Reston. RCC provides a wide range of programs in arts, aquatics, enrichment, fitness and life-long learning. We also create and sustain community traditions through special events, outreach activities and facility rentals. To find the programs or events that are right for you, visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com or call 703-476-4500.



Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. For further information, contact the Reston Community Center at (703) 476-4500, Virginia Relay (800) 828-1120 (TTY) or visit the website athttp://www.restoncommunitycenter.com. The Reston Community Center is located at 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA 20191. The Reston Community Center is completely accessible to persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


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