York College Theatre OUTREACH
The Comedy of Errors
by William Shakespeare
An imperious crack-up of an immigration crack-down!
What do police officers, three nuns, a politician, a demonic exorcist, a woman of the evening, and a lusty kitchen lunch-lady…..all have in common? Answer: The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s madcap farce of identical twins, mistaken identity, and classic confusion, boxed up in a teaching moment on the importance of understanding in a world ruled by the lure of money and inflexible laws.
Directed by York College Associate Professor Tom Marion, with Assistant Director Adrianna Riolo; Set Design by Joshua Warner; Costuming by Theo Campbell; Music by Jason Smith.
Featuring comedian Samantha Simone (McKenna from Blue Bloods, CBS) and York theatre alumni Shatiek Johnson, with York theatre students Kassandra Rodriguez and Jabaree Muhammad, featuring York Early College Academy students Cohen Jean-Charles, Makayla Noble, Shanette Mclean, and Gaitree Ramrag, with guest artists Itay Vagner, and Antonio Irizarry as Dromio.
Made possible by funding from the
PSC-CUNY Research Foundation
Saturday August 18, 2pm
Queens Central Library
89-11 Merrick Blvd.
F train to 169th Street
Wednesday August 22, 6pm
Alley Pond Park
76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard
Tuesday September 4, Noon
York College CUNY
Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center
94 - 45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11451
A few words about our show:
“For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one
and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall.”
- Ephesians 2:14
The Comedy of Errors takes place in the ancient city of Ephesus, which is located on the coast of present-day Turkey. The story involves a man called Egeon who is a merchant from Syracuse, which is a city on the coast of Sicily. Egeon had a thriving export business with his partner in Epidamnum, an old city on the coast of northeastern Greece. One day, when traveling back to Syracuse, Egeon and his wife, Aemilia, get caught in a terrible storm, along with their twin sons (both called Antipholus) and a pair of adopted twin boys (both called Dromio). Their ship breaks apart in the sea, and Egeon and one boy from each set of the twins, get separated from Aemilia and their twin brothers. Years later, the grown-up Antipholus of Syracuse and adopted brother, Dromio, leave their dad, Egeon, to try and find their twin brothers and their mom, Aemilia. A few years after that, Egeon becomes worried for his sons’ return, and leaves home to search for them.
Our story begins when Egeon arrives in Ephesus and is immediately arrested. You see, the Duke of Ephesus is enforcing a strict immigration policy: Anyone from Syracuse found within Ephesus will be put to death! To make matters worse, later that day, Egeon’s sons Antipholus and Dromio from Syracuse, by chance, also arrive in Ephesus! But, what Egeon, and both Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse don’t know is that years earlier, after the shipwreck, the lost boys Antipholus and Dromio were rescued by fishermen from Corinth, and raised up in Ephesus. Yes, that’s right…both sets of twins are now in the same town!
Well, that is where our story begins. We know it is confusing; but let it not be said that confusion is not good for the soul! At least, that is part of what Shakespeare is trying to tell us.
Oh and Egeon’s wife, Aemilia? Soon after her rescue, because of the “rude” sailors from Corinth, she lost contact with Antipholus and Dromio, and ended up joining a religious order of nuns…
York College Theatre OUTREACH is a professional venture seeking to produce compelling theatrical works which serve to explore the power and possibilities of the spoken word – of the capacities of language – as a vital force in cultural identity, global and national social harmony, and personal empowerment.
Recent productions include:
The Water Carriers by South African playwright Michael Williams, at the Midtown International Fringe Festival, July 2017
Langston Hughes in Harlem, with Music by Neal Kirkwood and Harry Mann, at LaMama ETC, February 2016
But to find out how everyone lives happily-ever-after… Please, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!