The Comedy of Errors - 2017
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
an hysterical, brief exuberance
by William Shakespeare
in partnership with the University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance
sponsored by Ann and Wellford Tabor; and Independent Bank
at the University of Memphis
June 8 - 18, 2017
"Methinks you are my glass, and not my brother:
I see by you I am a sweet-fac'd youth"
Shakespeare's rowdiest, earliest, shortest comedy has become a popular culture foundation for the world's entertainment over the last two centuries. Two sets of identical twins are separated at birth on the high seas, and now as young adults the immigrant master/servant pairing comes searching for their twin brothers in Ephesus. Unknown to them, their father has made pursuit, and their mother... well, that's a surprise. The immigrants, too, are surprised: they learn they have a house, a sister-in-law, a housekeeper, a bill due, and wives. A glorious, rhyming tale of mistaken identities is here gracefully folded into redeeming challenges to the laws of native land and the strength of a non-traditional family. (At 10 minutes prior to each performance, the director will speak with the audience about the play and playwright.)
Free Will Kids' Nights are June 8 and 15: Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian. To access children's tickets, you must call the Box Office at (901) 759-0604. Limit: four children per guardian. Preview performances are June 8 and 9 at 7:00 pm. Opening with post-show reception is June 10 at 7:00 pm. Seating is general admission. NEW: Onstage seating is avaialabe for $10 per ticket. Only 30 onstage seats are avaiable.