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Madcap political satirists return to the Williams Center for special election-year performance

The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents an election year special edition of The Complete History of America (abridged) 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1 in the Williams Center for the Arts.
Tickets are free for Lafayette students, $6 for LVAIC students, $4 for faculty and staff, and $20 for the general public. Purchase tickets by calling the Williams Center box office at (610) 330-5009.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company is “The Daily Show as if hosted by the Marx Brothers,” according to The Boston Herald. Since 1981, the trio has created six stage shows, several TV programs, and numerous radio pieces – all of which have been performed, seen, and heard the world over.

Now the inventive parodists are back with their breakneck review of 500 years in American history, including all new election-year highlights. As the heat of the campaign burns white hot, you’ll find respite in the political punch lines of this historical and hysterical “intellectual vaudeville” (The New York Times).

The 2008–2009 Performance Series at Lafayette College is supported in part by gifts from Friends of the Williams Center for the Arts; by provisions of the Josephine Chidsey Williams Endowment, the J. Mahlon and Grace Buck Fund, the Croasdale Fund, the Class of ’73 Fund, the Alan and Wendy Pesky Artist-in-Residence Program, the James Bradley Fund, and the Ed Brunswick Jazz Fund; and by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Dexter and Dorothy Baker Foundation, and New England Foundation for the Arts. Special thanks to the F.M. Kirby Foundation for extraordinary support of the 25th anniversary season, and to Joan Moran and the Amaranth Foundation for support of the Ravi Shankar commission.

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