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What they're saying:

"warm, wise, witty"
- Bob Clark, Calgary Herald

"charming, funny, poignant"
- Jessica Goldman, CBC Eyeopener

"Don't miss this opportunity to see the birth of a great new Canadian play"
- Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Sun

The High Performance Rodeo presents

Taking Shakespeare

One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre


The first new play in a dozen years from Canadian dramatist, translator and librettist John Murrell, Taking Shakespeare is the eccentric and compassionate story of an unlikely threesome:

Prof is sixty-seven years old, stuck in a job he hates at a small university. His only good friend is William Shakespeare. Murph is twenty-four years old, out of focus, lost in his life. He’s never had a really close friend. There is no logical reason why their worlds should ever collide.

William Shakespeare is four hundred and fifty years old with hundreds of millions of friends. He is the improbable agent who brings Murph and Prof together for a few tutoring sessions, shaking up their lives through comedy, tragedy and a hunger for human understanding.

Directed by Blake Brooker, starring Denise Clarke and John Murrell, join us for the world premiere of Taking Shakespeare!

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Video excerpts from Taking Shakespeare:

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Watch The Real Place, an incredible, award-winning animated short about John Murrell:

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A video interview from when John Murrell was awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence: