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Summer Shakespeare's Young Company to open July 16

Author: Arts and Letters


Summer Shakespeare at the University of Notre Dame will open its 2006 season July 16 with the Young Company performing the rollicking play “The Brothers Menaechmus” at St. Patrick’s Park in South Bend. Four more performances will follow at various venues in the area.

The play, written by Plautus in 220 B.C., inspired Shakespeare to write “The Comedy of Errors,” which will be performed by Notre Dame’s professional theatre in residence in August.

The Young Company is comprised of theater students from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College who are mentored by professional actors from the main stage production, and who participate simultaneously in the main stage production and in a show produced specifically for them.

All performances of “The Brothers Menaechmus” are free and open to the public. Dates, times and locations are as follows:

  • July 16 (Sunday) at 6:30p.m., St. Patrick’s Park in South Bend
  • July 23 (Sunday) at 5p.m., Battell Park in Mishawaka
  • July 28 (Friday) at 7p.m., Dewey Cannon Park in Three Oaks, Mich.
  • Aug. 5 (Saturday) at 7p.m., McNaughton Park in Elkhart
  • Aug. 21 (Monday) at 7p.m., DeBartolo Performing Arts quadrangle on campus

Presented in an accessible, modern translation, “The Brothers Menaechmus,” adapted by Richard Prior, a classics professor at Furman University, is a fast-talking comic tale of mistaken identity that threatens to disrupt an entire town.

A complete schedule of Summer Shakespeare performances is available at: "

Contact: Jay Skelton, 574-631-2636 or

Originally published by Susan Guibert at on July 10, 2006.