The Forest Roberts Theatre Presents

Comedy of Errors

By William Shakespeare
February 11-15, 18-22 in the James A. Panowski Black Box Theatre
Directed by Paul Truckey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary:

From the Bard himself, Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of estranged twins, separated at birth, who find themselves in the same city 25 years later with hilarious consequences. Mistaken identities, assumed personas and wild mishaps bring a family crisis into heart-warming focus.

About the Show:

Written by Shakespeare in 1591, Comedy of Errors is thought to be one of his early plays. In text length, this show is Shakespeare's shortest play. For the next one hundred years it all but disappeared from the English stage at which time it was resurrected as a serious farcical comedy. As early as 1920 a black and white silent movie version was produced. A musical adaptation of The Comedy of Errors was first produced on Broadway in 1938. The Boys from Syracuswith music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, and libretto by George Abbott, features a score of swing music. A film adaptation was released in 1940. The show was the first musical based on a Shakespeare play. Interestingly, this production took place more than a decade before Cole Porter's musical Kiss Me, Kate, adapted from Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. In 1978, the Royal Shakespeare Company starred in a television version of The Comedy of Errors with Dame Judy Dench in the role of Adriana. This production was also a musical. In 1983 Roger Daltry, the front man of the rebellious and infamous sixties rock band The Who, played the Dromio twins in another television version of the play.

 The action takes place entirely in the city of Ephesus. In Roman times, Ephesus was the most important Greek city in Ionian Asia Minor, the ruins of which lie near the modern village of Selcuk in Turkey. For the production at the NMU, director Paul Truckey has decided to honor the Roman roots of the story. The set and costumes depict a colorful, fanciful village of the First Century.

 

 

Cast:

Duke Solonius - Shane Vincent
Egeon -  Chet Defonzo
Emilia - Kristy Priest
Antipholus of Ephesus - James Porras II
Antipholus of Syracuse - John Scheibe
Dromio of Ephesus -  Jesse Morrow
Dromio of Syracuse - Dorsey Sprouls
Adriana - Alexandra Marks
Luciana - Alycia Heckathorn
Luce - Jill Vermeulen
Balthazar - Donavon Chambers
Angelo -  Nathan Morgan
1st Merchant - Sam Arsenault
2nd Merchant - Ethan Burk
Pinch - Coop Bicknell
Players - Samantha Cole, Dakota Vogel, Laura Thompson, Donavon Chambers

 

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