Staged Reading - The Comedy of Errors
By William Shakespeare
A staged Reading
Directed by Eileen Tull
Tuesday - May 1st, 2012 8 p.m.
ONE NIGHT ONLY
The Comedy of Errors is considered one of Shakespeare's earliest plays, possibly his first comedy and certainly his shortest play. The primary source of the play is the Menaechmi of Plautus, but Shakespeare also borrowed from Plautus's Amphitruo.
The plot revolves around "errors," or mistaken identity, involving identical twin brothers, the twin masters Andropholus and twin servants Dromio. Unusual for Shakespeare, the play satisfies the classical unities, the action occurring over a single day in a single place, the Greek city of Ephesus, a center of early Christianity. Madcap plot twists include near-seductions, mistaken beatings, exorcism, and the machinations of various merchants, goldsmiths, courtesans - and an Abbess! Though the humor appears farcical, lurking just underneath are serious issues of power dynamics between genders, classes, and the dichotomy of slave and free
Presented by Actors Ensemble of Berkeley ONE NIGHT ONLY, Tuesday, May 1st, 8 p.m., at Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Avenue (at Berryman) in north Berkeley. Tickets $5-$10 sliding scale, cash or check only at the door. (No one will be turned away for lack of funds)