The Bard is back! The partnership between Bainbridge Performing Arts and Bloedel Reserve is back indeed – and better than ever – with William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” playing from June 16th through July 3rd, Thursdays through Sundays at 7 PM.
This year, audiences will be treated to a new setting at the Reserve. “The stage has meandered from its previous location in the sheep meadow to the spectacular sprawling lawn of the residence itself with actors making use of the beautiful home as part of the set of this hilarious farce,” says Matt Longmire, BPA’s Communication & Development Director.
One of Shakespeare’s early plays, “The Comedy of Errors” is his shortest and most farcical comedy, with a major part of the humor coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play. Here’s a quick story synopsis for those who may not remember the details:
Identical twin sons both named Antipholus, and their identical twin slaves both named Dromio, are separated from their brothers in a shipwreck. When they come of age, Antipholus and Dromio (both of Syracuse) travel to Ephesus to find their twin brothers. Upon their arrival, a series of incidents of mistaken identity ensue and shenanigans follow.
Directed by Kristi Ann Jacobson, who frequently helms BPA’s Shakespearean ventures, the cast features Kelli McAuley, Kristin Guy, Katie Sweeney, Amanda Guntgsell, Chapple Langemack, Will Langemack, Amy Jo LaRubbio, Terry McAuley, Cynthia Jacobs, Pete Simpson, Emily Lacroix, Gary Fetterplace, and Ezra Osburn.
BPA’s “The Comedy of Errors” is sponsored by Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Tickets are available at bainbridgeperformingarts.
Patrons are advised to bring low lawn chairs or blankets. Staff members will assist patrons upon their arrival at the Bloedel residence. Seating on blankets will be in front; seating on low chairs behind blankets, elevated chairs will be in rear. Space is limited, and seating is first come first served. As there is no ADA parking close to the stage, patrons requiring handicap access can make use of a Shuttle drop, please let the parking attendant know upon arrival.
Whether under sunny or cloudy skies, The Bard at Bloedel will be “DRY” per regulations under the Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board. Wine and beer will not be available for purchase on site and no alcohol may be brought in by patrons. Picnics will be permitted after 6 p.m. in the area designated for performance only.
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