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The Comedy of Errors

CAST
Solinus, Duke of Ephesus: Aaron Wee '10
Egeon, a merchant of Syracuse: Finn Yarbrough '09
Antipholus of Ephesus: Matt Wilde '11
Antipholus of Syracuse: Sammy McGowan '11
Dromio of Ephesus: Kyle Dacuyan '11
Dromio of Syracuse: Phil Arevalo '11
Adriana, wife of Antipholus of Ephesus: Tess Avitabile '11
Luciana, her sister: Katie Meyers '10
Nell, Adriana's kitchen-maid: Finn Yarbrough '09
Angelo, a goldsmith: Taylor Anne Gobar '11
Balthasar, a merchant: Andrea Dillon '11
A Courtesan: Sevita Qarshi '10
Pinch, a doctor: Aaron Wee '10
First Merchant: Kaitlyn Scott '10
Second Merchant: Maria Schreiber '10
Emilia, and Abbess at Ephesus: Erika Jung '11
An Officer/Jailer/Headsman: Andrea Dillon '11
A Messenger: Kaitlyn Scott '10

PRODUCTION STAFF
Director: Arik Beatty '10
Assistant Director: Alice Huang '10
Assistant Director: Hannah Lennett '11
Production Manager: Lauren Kenney '10
Costume Designer: Marsida Domi '10
Set and Props Designer: Finn Yarbrough '09
Board Liaison: Hollis Mickey '10

Special thanks to Alice Huang, Hollis Mickey, Allissa Wickham, Karin Freed, the Shakespeare on the Green Board, Emily Toner, Rebecca Bushnell, PW, Finn Yarbrough, Susan Kenney, my family and friends, William Shakespeare

Director's Note
The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare's first plays and my favorite comedy. This play is about appearance, identity, confusion and witchcraft. It's about love, relationships, family and forgiveness. In order to present this as close to Shakespeare's original intent as possible, Alice and I took our copy of the script from Shakespeare's First Folio - the first complete collection of Shakespeare's plays published in 1623 that includes the first publication of The Comedy of Errors.

The play begins with a dark tone - a man is about to be executed. This man reveals the woes that have befallen him and his family. The sentence is passed and the Duke has no authority to change it. But upon hearing Egeon's story, the Duke, Solinus, decides to do all in his power to help this most unfortunate man - to give him one day to come up with the money needed to free him from his bonds. The play moves forward in the town of Ephesus, a town associated with witchcraft and sorcery, where this strange tale unfolds. Mistaken identity as you've never seen it before takes its comic toll as the visiting twins, Antipholus and his slave Dromio, enter this mysterious town full of strangers that seem to know them quite well. But by the final act tension is high as the local Antipholus begs the Duke for justice.

Now, I don't like to spoil endings. So sit back, relax (but not too much), and enjoy the show!
-Arik

 

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