2/23/12 ASHLAND, OH -- The Ashland University Spectrum Series presents the final performance of its 2011-2012 season with The Acting Company, in association with the Guthrie Theatre, featuring its production of “The Comedy of Errors,” one of William Shakespeare's most delightful comedies, on Wednesday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugo Young Theatre.
For its 39th annual tour, The Acting Company started performances in January at the Guthrie in Minneapolis and is traveling to 31 communities in 21 states plus Ontario, Canada.
“The Comedy of Errors” – one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays – can best be summed up in one word: fun! The slapstick of mistaken identity mixed fluidly with the lyrical wordplay of master and servant make “The Comedy of Errors” Shakespeare’s most farcical comedy. What makes “The Comedy of Errors” particularly engaging is its sitcom-like plot twists. As directed by Ian Belknap, the Acting Company's Associate Producing Artistic Director, “The Comedy of Errors” is reminiscent of the great Charlie Chaplin.
Shakespeare sets all this action in one day and features a recurring theme across his work: blending tragic situations with comedic resolutions and introducing farce to wide appeal. This play is the springboard of Shakespeare’s fascination of identity—the story of two sets of identical twins tragically separated at birth involves a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identity leading to wrongful attacks, a near seduction, an arrest and accusations of infidelity, theft, madness and demonic possession.
The superb cast, trained at the leading acting conservatories in the country, includes Ernest Bentley, Kaliswa Brewster, Caleb Carlson, Ray Chapman, Bjorn DuPaty, Zachary Fine, Whitney Hudson, Joseph Midyett, Kevin Orton, Noah Putterman, Sid Solomon, William Sturdivant and Kathleen Wise.
Since its founding in 1972 by the legendary John Houseman and current Producing Artistic Director Margot Harley, The Acting Company has performed 136 productions touring to 48 states and 10 foreign countries and is America’s most respected and praised touring repertory theater. Its innovative education programs are provided in conjunction with the tour and include student matinees, Learning Through Theater artistic residencies, master classes, workshops and Shakespeare for Teachers professional training workshops designed to make the classics more accessible to teacher and students alike.
Rainn Wilson, Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Jesse L. Martin, Frances Conroy, David Ogden Stiers and Keith David are but a handful of actors who began their careers on tour with The Acting Company. Honored by the TONY® Awards for Excellence in Theater, The Company has won the Obie, Audelco, Citibank’s Excellence in Education and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.
The Guthrie Theater, founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie in 1963, is one of America’s leading regional theaters and is widely recognized as an American center for theater performance, production and professional training. In addition to plays presented on the Guthrie’s mainstage, the theater provides an additional season of new works by contemporary playwrights such as Arthur Miller, Edward Albee and Warren Leight at the Guthrie Lab.
Under the directorship of Joe Dowling, the Guthrie has built one of the finest multistage theater centers of our time including a classic thrust for grand scale classics, a proscenium for more intimate productions and a studio for developing new works. In 1982, the Guthrie received a TONY Award acknowledging its outstanding contribution to the American Theater.
Single tickets for “The Comedy of Errors” are $15 for adults; $12 for senior citizens, students, Ashland University faculty and staff; $10 for groups of 10 or more; and $2 for Ashland University students with identification. All tickets can be purchased through the Ashland University Box Office at 419.289.5125, noon to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online (additional fees apply) at www.ashland.edu/tickets.
Produced by the College of Arts and Sciences, Ashland University’s premiere Spectrum Series presents internationally recognized figures in the arts to enhance cultural experiences for the University community and surrounding areas. For more information about the Spectrum Series, visit www.ashland.edu/spectrum or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419.289.5950 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ###
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