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
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:
The Comedy of Errors was written by Shakespeare in 1591 and is regarded by academics and thespians alike to be one of his early plays. For the next one hundred years The Comedy of Errors all but disappeared from the English stage at which time it was resurrected as a serious farcical comedy. In text length, The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare's shortest play.
As early as 1920 a black and white silent movie version was produced. In 1940 The Comedy of Errors was performed on Broadway as a Musical and Edward Sutherland adapted the stage production to the big screen in a musical comedy titled The Boys From Syracuse. Interestingly, this production took place more than a decade before Cole Porter's musical version of Kiss Me Kate; a Broadway production adapted from Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. In 1978, the Royal Shakespeare Company starred in a television version of the play 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 Comedy of Errors.
The action in Comedy of Errors 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.
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 - Luke Wooley
Angelo - Nathan Morgan
1st Merchant - Sam Arsenault
2nd Merchant - Ethan Burk
Pinch - Coop Bicknell
Players - Samantha Cole, Dakota Vogel, Laura Thompson, Donavon Chambers