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Television / Theater PopWrapped | Television

"Fasten Thy Seatbelt" And Prepare For A Fabulous Shakespearean Adventure With Hulu's Complete Works

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04/26/2014 12:12 am
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Media Courtesy of Hulu/Complete Works

Ashlye Michelle

Staff Writer


“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.” - William Shakespeare, Sonnet XVIII

Who doesn't love the words of William Shakespeare? Well, for those of you who do and those of you who absolutely obsess over them, there’s a new show for you!

Complete Works debuted on Hulu and Hulu Plus on April 23, 2014. It revolves around the works of William Shakespeare and was released on what would have been his 450th birthday, and, well, that’s pretty awesome. Complete Works is a five-episode, independently produced series written by Joe Sofranko and Adam North, while Lili Fuller holds the title of executive producer. The show follows Hal, a Midwesterner who attends community college and has been a little obsessed with Shakespeare since his Henry the Fourth birthday party when he was a child. He signs up for the American Shakespeare Competition with hopes of escaping his boring life and putting him on the right road to the performing career he’s always wanted. When he arrives, he meets a cast of hilarious and well-rounded characters as he runs into challenge after challenge mixed in with a little crazy. Joe Sofranko, Co-Writer/Director says, “The idea was hatched in September 2010. We've been working on this for well over three years now.” He goes on to say, “We really didn’t want to sacrifice quality at any level, so, I guess that made the process pretty slow. But when all’s said and done, we’re really proud of the final product.” The best thing about Complete Works, other than the fact that it's amazing, is that you don’t have to be into Shakespeare to fall in love with this little gem. In five short episodes, this show contains drama, love, and comedy. Those are the three essentials we look for in every show. And let’s face it; when something is hilarious, it’s a win for everybody. No spoilers or anything because you definitely should watch for yourself, but let's break it down like this: Episode one draws you in and by episode 2, it's hook, line, and sinker. And then there's the "Kate" scene. I won't go into it, but I will tell you that it was possibly the best moment in the entire series. And the lovely Lili Fuller was kind enough to answer a few questions we had: PW: First, t

he most important question and it's in two parts: Will there be more? If so, what can you tell us about it?

LF: Great question. We honestly don’t know yet. A lot of people have been asking us this in the last 24 hours, so if that keeps up and there’s a high enough demand for it, we’d be very excited about making a second season. We don't have the power in-house to go make another season ourselves, but if audiences get behind the show, anything's possible. So if you want to see more, tell your friends about us!

We do have a few ideas of how the second season would go. We don't want to spoil anything for those who haven’t finished season one, but the main storyline would stay focused on Hal’s journey, and we’d find ourselves in a new location (we’ve talked about setting it in NYC), which would be fun to play with. It would be the 50th Anniversary of the ASC, so we’d make a big hoopla out of that, possibly bringing in celebrity talent. And there’d be a new head judge, we won’t tell you who. We’d also find ways to bring back as many of our favorite characters from season 1, even though it would be a new year for the competition.

PW: Do you have any other upcoming projects in the works?

LF: Yes, we do! We wrapped post-production on Complete Works in October 2013, and since then, Kingdom for a Horse Productions (our production company) has been developing two different one-hour drama series projects as well as a feature film. Nothing official to report yet, but stuff is definitely in the works!

PW: This is a pretty easy one: Favorite W. Shakespeare quote?

LF: We’ve got one for tragedy and one for comedy:


“I pray you, in your letters,

When you shall these unlucky deeds relate,

Speak of me as I am; nothing extenuate,

Nor set down aught in malice: then must you speak

Of one that loved not wisely but too well;

Of one not easily jealous, but being wrought

Perplex'd in the extreme…” - Othello, Othello (Act V, scene ii)


“Marry, sir, they have committed false report;

moreover, they have spoken untruths; secondarily,

they are slanders; sixth and lastly, they have

belied a lady; thirdly, they have verified unjust

things; and, to conclude, they are lying knaves.” - Dogberry, Much Ado About Nothing (Act V, scene i)

The cast stars Joe Sofranko, Lili Fuller, Kevin Quinn, Vicki Lewis (Finding Nemo, NewsRadio), Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End, The Guest), Ben Sidell, Lizzie Fabie, Alex Skiner, Michael Keenan, Laurie O’Brien and Daniel Montgomery. You can check out more stills from the show below! [gallery type="slideshow" ids="44489,44490,44491,44492"] All trailers and episodes can be found at: Complete Works
And be sure to be on the look out for more works from these amazing folks and don’t forget to tune in, support, and spread the word! We’re in desperate need of a season 2!!!

If you’d like to learn more about the show or just, you know, be in the know, you can follow them on all the big social websites! Official site. Twitter. Facebook. Instagram.


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