William Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors Opens at U of M Theatre November 11
For release: November 5, 2010
For press information, contact Alice Berry (901) 678-3184
Comedy of Errors, a wacky, classical favorite by William Shakespeare opens on the
University of Memphis Mainstage on November 11 at 8 p.m. Additional shows are November
12-13 and 18-20. Tickets are $10 and $15. For ticket information, call the box office
at (901) 678-2576.
Comedy of Errors is a great show for all ages; the language is accessible and much
of the action is based in physical humor: mistaken arrests, wrongful beatings, and
accusations of infidelity, theft, madness and demonic possession.
The hilarity begins when two sets of identical twins with identical names are shipwrecked
as infants, and their father can save only one of each set. Years later, one Antipholus
and one Dromio arrive in Ephesus in search of their long-lost brothers only to find
that everyone there seems a little odd... Shakespeare's early farce is about the power
of family, love, mistaken identities and finding the way home in a world that seems
both cruel and mad. The play takes place in Greece, but this particular production
takes a few comedic liberties.
Director Stephen Hancock joined the U of M faculty as a full-time professor in 1998
as a member of the performance faculty, where he teaches classes in acting, directing,
and playwriting. Recently, Hancock wrote and directed the KACTF Region IV Irene Ryan-
nominated zany comedy "The Horror of the Little Family Farce."