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Summer Shakespeare to present "The Comedy of Errors" Aug. 15 to 27

Author: Arts and Letters


Summer Shakespeare at the University of Notre Dame will present “The Comedy of Errors” from Aug. 15 to 27 in the University’s Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.

The seventh annual Summer Shakespeare production also will feature for the fifth consecutive year “ShakeScenes,” a collection of short scenes taken from the works of Shakespeare and performed by local community members, high school and grade school students.

A complete schedule of performances, as well as ticket and pricing information, are available on the Web at: or by calling the performing arts center box office at 574-631-2800.

One of Shakespeare’s quickest-moving works, “The Comedy of Errors” takes place over the course of one whirlwind day in which two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, throw the citizens of Ephesus into a comic uproar as servants mistake masters, wives mistake husbands, and love triumphs over all.

Chicago-based director William Brown, who directed last year’s “Henry V,” returns for this year’s production, which features some of the nation’s finest professional Shakespearean actors.

Performances of “The Comedy of Errors” culminate a summer collegiate theater and production experience that provides students with intensive professional training in Shakespearean theater. Through an innovative Notre Dame course titled “Shakespeare-in-Performance,” students learn from a teaching team composed of Shakespearean scholars and theater professionals to examine literary and theatrical perspectives on eachplay being produced.

Students work on the production alongside theater professionals as assistants to directors, designers and technicians, and on stage in supporting roles.

“ShakeScenes” participants will employ the techniques of a Shakespearean “Green Show” to perform scenes from a variety of Shakespeare’s plays at 2p.m. August 12 and 13 (Saturday and Sunday). The performances, which are free and open to the public, will be held in Washington Hall on Notre Dame’s campus.

Contact: Jay Skelton, producer/artistic director, Summer Shakespeare, 574-631-2636 or .

Originally published by Susan Guibert at on August 03, 2006.