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A Hot Day In Ephesus

By Vicki Siegel
Directed By Bruce Coughran

April 20 to May 19, 2012

Based on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, A HOT DAY IN EPHESUS is about two sets of twins; twin masters both named Antipholus and twin servants both named Dromio - separated by shipwreck, all eventually end up in Ephesus where multiple instances of mistaken identity lead to love, laughter, farce, and joyful, joyful song! Click here for Tickets!

We have a wonderful cast, all ready to sing and dance their heart out for you! - Stefin Collins as The Duke, Bryan Quinn and Jonathan Trinh as the two Dromios, Elmer Strasser and Jai Sahai as the two Antipholi, Alexandra Holtzman as Adriana, Jamie Harkin as Luciana, Don Hardwick as Aegeon, Carina Salazar as The Courtesan, Jennie Brick as the Abbess and Meira Perelstein as The Goldsmith, along with Jody Christian, Garret Wilson, Asali Nichols and Peggy De Coursey.

Musical Direction by Evan Alparone, Choreography by Laura Wesslund. Sets by Steve Coleman with assistance from Lilli Smith. A Full band led by Don Clark. Costumes by Helen Slomowitz. Light design by Chelsea Camp, and dramaturgy by Carolyn Day.

A HOT DAY IN EPHESUS draws on a rich vein of musical theatre history. TE COMEDY OF ERRORS itself is based upon a play by the Roman comic playwright Plautus, whose plays were in turn the source for Sondheim's and his collaborators as they developed A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM. Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's 1930’s hit BOYS FROM SYRACUSE was also based upon Comedy of Errors, though of course with a musical palate from a much earlier era. Audiences will find A HOT DAY IN EPHESUS an ingenious concoction, complete with a Motown number, a sassy tango and a rap.

A HOT DAY IN EPHESUS, by AE Member Vicki Siegel, began its production career in 2009 as hit in workshop form for the Curtain Theatre in Mill Valley and is now coming to the East Bay for its World Premiere! We hope you'll come and see this musical farce in April 2012 and enjoy this upbeat new take on a classic comedy.

Plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
April 20th through May 19th
Special Sunday Matinee 2 p.m. May 13th
Box Office/Will Call opens ½ hour before showtime
Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley
1301 Shattuck (at Berryman) in north Berkeley
Wheelchair Accessible

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors. Click here for Tickets! Reservations 510-649-5999
(cash or check only at the door).


CAST

Alexandra Holtzman . . . . . . . . . . . Adriana
Asali Echols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Merchant
Bryan Quinn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dromio S.
Carina Salazar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Courtesan
Don Hardwick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Aegeon
Elmer Strasser . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . Antipholus E.
Garrett Wilson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Officer
Jai Sahai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Antipholus S.
Jamie Harkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Luciana
Jennie Brick . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . . . Abbess/Merchant
Jody Christian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Merchant
Jonathan Trinh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dromio E.
Meira Perelstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Goldsmith
Peggy De Coursey . . . . . . . . . . . . Merchant
Stefin Collins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Duke

Creative and Design Crew

Director. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . Bruce Coughran
Producer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .. ..Jerome Solberg
Choreographer. . . . . . . . . . .. . .. . . . Laura Wesslund
Music Director . . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . . . .Evan Alparone
Band Leader . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Don Clark
Band. . . . .. . . .. . . .. . . .. . .. . . . . .Michele Delattre, Hal Hughes, Alice Montgomery
Rehearsal Stage Manager. . . . . . . . . Wayne Roadie
Production Stage Manager. . . . . . . . . Emily Buysee
Dramaturg. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . Carolyn Day
Graphics/Lobby Display. . . . . .. . . . HumanFiction
Costumes. . . . . . . . . . .. . .. . . . . . . Helen Slomowitz
Props . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... . Shifra Pride Raffel
Lighting Designer . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. Chelsea Camp
Set Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lili Smith
Set Artist . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . Steve Coleman
Master Electrician . . . . .. . . . .. . . . . .Alecks Rundell
Set Construction . .. . . .. . . . . . . . . Bob Gudmundsson


 

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    Peggy De Coursey

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    Temptation! L-R Jai Salai, Bryan Quinn and Carina Salazar

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    Jai Salai and Alexandra Holtzman

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    L-R Bryan Quinn and Elmer Strasser


Additional Downloads

A Hot Day In Ephesus Program Download PDF
   

Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $5,200.00 awarded in 2016. This will enable us to continue to provide free or low cost opportunities for community members to participate in the life changing activities of theater arts.

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