Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“COMEDY OF ERRORS” WRAPS UP BALTIMORE SHAKESPEARE FACTORY’S 2014 SEASON: 16 PERFORMANCES

Baltimore Shakespeare Factory Presents

BSF Comedy of Errors webpgTHE COMEDY OF ERRORS

“Ensemble experiment” in Shakespeare’s classic farce wraps up 2014’s Season of Malice & Misadventure

WHEN: 16 performances beginning Nov. 7- Dec. 21
WHERE:
Comedy will be staged at two venues in November and December, including three
shows at Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, Md. (Full show schedule below.)
TICKETS: $20 for adults, $15 for students/teachers/seniors, FREE for children Grade 5 & under.

A compact, knockabout tale that takes “separated at birth” to absurdly amusing heights, The Comedy of Errors brings the 2014 Baltimore Shakespeare Factory season to raucous end.

Written early in Shakespeare's career, the play tells the story of two sets of twins separated early in life. When one duo arrives in in Syracuse in search of the other, a hoped-for family reunion devolves into a series of misadventures that take place in one strange day. The Comedy of Errors is full of the dexterous double entendres and physical humor that has made it one of the most enduringly popular and retold tales in the Shakespeare canon.

Performed by 10 actors who together play 20 roles, Comedy is the Factory’s annual “ensemble experiment” in which the actors direct and costume themselves – with just five rehearsals to prepare. The “experiment” is driven by the Factory’s mission to stage Shakespeare’s plays in ways that audiences might have experienced them in Shakespeare’s time.

“Actors in London in the late 1500s would not have had a ‘director’ – at least not in the way we know it today,” said Factory Artistic Director Tom Delise. “The historical record of Shakespeare’s time suggests that actors usually had a matter of days to learn and produce a play, and rarely had more than a stage, a few costumes and their own bravado to work with. The resulting performance was a high wire act – for both the audience and the players.”

Pre-show entertainment begins about 30 minutes before the start of each show.

Comedy of Errors

Date

Performance Location

Time

   Friday

November 7

St. Mary’s Community Center

7:30

   Saturday

November 8

St. Mary’s Community Center

7:30

   Sunday

November 9

St. Mary’s Community Center

2:00

   Friday

November 14

St. Mary’s Community Center

7:30

   Saturday

November 15

St. Mary’s Community Center

7:30

   Sunday

November 16

St. Mary’s Community Center

2:00

   Friday

November 21

St. Mary’s Community Center

7:30

   Saturday

November 22

St. Mary’s Community Center

7:30

   Sunday

November 23

St. Mary’s Community Center

2:00

   Friday

December 5

St. Mary’s Community Center

7:30

   Saturday

December 6

St. Mary’s Community Center

7:30

   Sunday

December 7

Boordy Vineyards*

2:00

   Friday

December 12

St. Mary’s Community Center

7:30

   Saturday

December 13

St. Mary’s Community Center

7:30

   Sunday

December 14

Boordy Vineyards*

2:00

   Sunday

December 21

Boordy Vineyards*

2:00

VENUE INFORMATION FOR All SHOWS

St. Mary’s Community Center is located in Hampden at 3900 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211.

*All ticketing arrangements for Boordy Vineyards performances are to be made directly with Boordy. Call (410) 592-5015 for reservations, which are strongly recommended as limited seating is available. Boordy is located at 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes, MD 21082.

For up-to-date information, the Factory can be contacted at 410.921.WILL(9455) or box.office@TheShakespeareFactory.com. Our website is http://shakespearefactory.org

PLEASE NOTE: All the Factory’s venues are independent organizations and their contact information should not be given in relationship to these performances.

About the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory

Factory productions seek to reproduce the staging conditions of the early modern English theater to create the spirit and atmosphere of the Elizabethan-era playhouse. Universal lighting allows the actors to see and interact with the audience; audience members feel like they are a part of the play, not just at the play. As in Shakespeare’s day, actors perform contemporary music prior to the show and during intermission. We also make liberal use of cross-gender casting, so Factory productions regularly feature women playing men and men playing women.

The Shakespeare Factory is a 501(c)3 non-profit and a member fund of The Community Foundation of Carroll County.