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UGA Theatre’s “The Comedy of Errors” Spotlights Shakespeare’s Chaotic Comedy

2022
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Athens, GA—UGA Theatre presents “The Comedy of Errors”, written by William Shakespeare and directed by Jeremiah Dean Alders. Performances will be held in the Fine Arts Theatre November 10-12 and 16-19 at 8 p.m. and November 20th at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, $8 for students, and can be purchased at ugatheatre.com/comedyoferrors, by phone at 706-542-4400, or in person at the Performing Arts Center or Tate Center Box Office. A part of UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts Festival.  

One of Shakespeare's earliest comedic efforts, “The Comedy of Errors” is a slapstick comedy that depicts the madcap antics of two sets of twins separated at birth. As one set of twins searches for their lost siblings, they arrive in the rowdy city of Ephesus where – despite having never been there – everyone seems to recognize them. What follows is a farcical mélange of mayhem, misunderstanding, and mistaken identity wherein confusion reigns supreme and puns abound. 

With the thematic underpinning of UGA Theatre’s 2022-2023 being “identity,” Shakespeare’s farce serves as the most pointed demonstration of the ways in which identity can determine the trajectory of a story. But while the comical frivolities of the play’s protagonists take center stage, director Jeremiah Albers sees the raucous city of Ephesus (the play’s setting) as a tidy analogue for contemporary American society.

“The play makes a point to determine the identities of its characters based on where they’re from or what they do – or how other people think of them,” said Albers, a PhD candidate in performance studies. “It’s evocative of the ways in which societal status is determined – intentionally or not - by measuring our worth based on what we ‘contribute’ or where we’re from.”

“At its heart, ‘The Comedy of Errors’ is a lighthearted, hilarious romp that we think will delight audiences,” said Julie Ray, department head of theatre and film studies. “Shakespeare is and always has been an essential platform for actors honing their craft – but it also allows our student designers the opportunity to engage creatively in ways they may not have imagined. We are proud to present this piece as our contribution to UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts festival.”

CAST

Egeon – Jason Woodworth-Hou
Solinus – Ray Krpo
Antipholus of Syracuse – Julian Borris
Dromio of Syracuse – Meg Grey
First Merchant/Messenger – Ellie Bond
Antipholus of Ephesus – Ethan Carpenter
Dromio of Ephesus – Victoria Highsmith
Adriana – Sofía Ruiz
Luciana – Bridget Blanchard
Luce/Doctor Pinch – Ray Wheeler
Angelo – Andie Ellett
Second Merchant – Myles Krachman
Balthasar – Bianca Cardona
Courtesan – Demi Lehman
Officer – Temwa Tshibangu
Lady Abbess – Hailey Carter

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