The Comedy of Errors
Fall 2013: The Comedy of Errors
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Chrystal Helmcke
Dates: November 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16
Location: Millard Hall Theatre
Our story opens with Aegeon, a merchant of Syracuse, condemned to death in Ephesus for violating the ban against travel between two rival cities. As he is led to his execution, Aegeon tells the Ephesian Duke, Solinus, that he has come to Syracuse in search of his wife, and his twin sons and their servants, all of whom were separated many years ago in a shipwreck. One twin and his servant, who grew up with Aegeon, also are traveling the world in search of their missing brothers. The Duke, moved by this story, grants Aegeon one day to raise the thousand-mark ransom required to save his life.
Meanwhile, unbeknownst to Aegeon, his son Antipholus of Syracuse (and Antipholus’ slave Dromio) is also visiting Ephesus–where his twin brother, known as Antipholus of Ephesus, is a prosperous citizen of the city. As it so happens, Antipholus of Ephesus also has a servant named Dromio. Mistaken identity and confusion abounds as each Antipholus and each Dromio encounter the residents of Ephesus who believe them to be the other twin. Even Adriana, wife of Antipholus of Ephesus, along with her sister Luciana, mistake Antipholus of Syracuse for Adriana’s husband.
The hilarity of how mistaken identities are cleared and broken relationships restored is the entertaining essence of William Shakespeare’s farcical play, The Comedy of Errors.