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Festival 56 starts 10th season Friday

Published: Monday, June 17, 2013 4:59 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The comedy “Completely Hollywood (abridged)” will open the 10th season of Festival 56 at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Grace Center for Performing Arts, 316 S. Main St., Princeton.

In the style of “The Complete History of America (abridged)” and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” both produced by the festival in previous seasons, the three-man cast makes a dizzying attempt to do the impossible – present in one performance a complete summary of the greatest and most popular films of all time.

A brief discussion with the Hollywood (abridged) cast and director will take place after the opening night show, followed by the first of the season’s late night cabarets at 10 p.m. Tickets to the cabarets are sold separately and can be purchased in advance at the Festival 56 Box Office or the night of the show.

“Completely Hollywood (abridged)” runs through June 29. Other Festival 56 productions this summer are: “Talley’s Folly” by Lanford Wilson, winner of the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama (July 2-9); the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber (July 5-13); the famous drama “The Heiress,” based on a story by Henry James (July 16-20); a children’s favorite, “Treasure Island,” by Robert Louis Stevenson (July 20-26); the raucous comedy, “The Full Monty” (July 27-Aug. 4); and “Hometown_Anonymous,” a new play written by Festival 56, based on stories submitted by Princeton residents (Aug. 3-4; also performed over Homestead weekend, Sept. 13-15).

In addition to these productions, the festival offers free Shakespeare in Princeton’s Soldiers and Sailors Park on Wednesday and Sunday evenings at 8 p.m. during the summer season. This year’s play is “Macbeth” (June 30-July 28).

The Grace Performing Arts Center is completely accessible and ample nearby parking is available. For tickets and a complete 2013 performance schedule, visit www.festival56.com or call the Festival 56 Box Office at 815-879-5656, ext. 11. The box office is open noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and an hour before each performance.

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