What would happen if the Woodstock festival and the Montreaux Folk festival got into a fight?!
Hilarity would ensue, that’s what!!
Shakespeare Carolina will present The Comedy of Errors July 11-21 at the Winthrop University Amphitheater. The atmosphere will be that of an outdoor festival, including buskers, street performers/vendors, and possibly some juggling and magic. The presentation will be non-traditional with the entire vicinity of the amphitheatre being valid ‘playing space’—even the audience areas!!
The cast includes heralded Shakespeare Carolina vets: Katie Bearden, Nathan Rouse, Norman Burt, Ted Patterson, Amanda Liles, Megan York, and Manu Barbe. Newcomers to the fold will be: Heather Bucsh, Harold Skinner, Melissa Frierson, Loren Mixon, and Sara Sopko. David Hensley, our resident video imagery god, moves on stage to take on the role of Antipholous of Ephesus.
Imagine, a world in which outdoor art festivals, along with their communities of “interesting” folk, are the WORLD. Some of these communities are of the “plugged-in” variety, while some are still digging upon being “acoustic and natural”. Many times, these differences in taste keep the folks of this world from playing well with each other.
Our production takes place in the festival community of Ephesus (“acoustic and natural”). Egeon, a merchant from Syracuse community (“plugged-in”) has been arrested by Duke Solinus, Ephesus’ festival Ranger, for illegally vending Syracusan wares within Ephesus. The penalty for this crime is DEATH!! Fortunately, Duke grants Egeon or short stay of execution, being moved by a plea so beautiful in its description of lost love and two sets of separated twins.
Yes … you guessed it .. the Comedy of Errors ensue upon the arrival of Antipholous and Dromio of Syracuse into Ephesus. They are instantly mistaken for the Antipholous and Dromio of Ephesus. These errors do not bode well for Antipholous of Ephesus’ wife and sister-in-law, but they are hilarious for the audience. And, of course, all issues are resolved in the end … and lost love is restored!!!
So come on out to the Fest! Be a part of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS!!!
Shakespeare Carolina Shakespeare Carolina is an award winning ensemble of professional theatre artists and musicians devoted to reimagining the classical canon. Since our incorporation as a non-profit organization in 1997 we have we have presented 17 works of Shakespeare, an evening of Tennessee Williams’ lesser known one act plays, Jo Clifford’s stunning Ines De Castro, Judith Malina’s translation of Brecht’s Antigone as well as the original work Illuminaria and the World Premiere of Queen Margaret, Playwright/Director Tony Wright's retelling of the War of the Roses Plays, through the eyes of Margaret of Anjou.