Catawba Offers Comedy of Errors Feb. 24-28
February 13, 2015
By Daisha Stafford & Lauren Stacks, Catawba College students
Using the ancient Italian art Form, Commedia dell’Arte, Catawba College Theatre Arts Department will zoom in on the people of Ephesus in William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors.” The show takes place in Hedrick Little Theatre and runs at 7:30 p.m. February 24–28.
In this monumental collaboration, Catawba Theatre Arts Professors Dayna Anderson and Meredith Fox combine their expert knowledge to create a wildly different theatrical experience. This will be the last show that Anderson directs before she retires at the end of May after a 34-year career at Catawba. Collaborating with her is one of her former students now a fellow faculty member, Fox ’07, a graduate of the Accademia dell’Arte. Fox, working with Commedia Captain, student Verity Pryor Hardin of Abilene, Texas, has trained the show’s actors in the 16th century masked art of Commedia dell’Arte.
With the archetypal highly stylized form, Fox challenges her actors to “go big or go home.” Through combined creativity, Anderson and Fox’s vibrant cast brings to life an Italian town brimming with mistaken identity, lust, and social tension.
Enter Egeon, a merchant of Syracuse, on a mission to find his family. For traveling between two rival cities, Egeon has been sentenced to death in Ephesus. On the way to his death, Egeon explains that he came to Syracuse to find his wife and other twin son, who were separated from him 25 years before due to a shipwreck. Thus enter the twins, Antipholus & Dromio of Syracuse and Antipholus and Dromio of Ephesus. As the other characters struggle to keep the twins’ identities straight, lazzi fueled hilarity ensues, animating this one of a kind production of “Comedy of Errors.”
Cast members include Maddy Auchter of Houston, Texas, as Luciana; Addison Bevis of Salisbury, as Second Merchant; Chaz Cable of Weaverville, as Dromio of Ephesus; Alex Donato of Staunton, Va., as Antipholus of Syracuse; Matt Ensely of Concord, as Antipholus of Ephesus; George Glass from of Charlotte, as Duke Solinus & Luce; Anna Kate Hall from Asheville, as Abbess & Balthasar; Joan Hedrick of Elon, as Doctor Pinch; Cierra McDonald of Seagrove, as Dromio of Syracuse; Maggie Saunders of Huntington, W.Va., as Adriana; Morgan L. Summers of Gastonia, as First Merchant & Courtesan; Collette Simpkins of Baltimore, Md., as Egeon; and Alex Thompson of Winston Salem, as Angelo.
Want to come? Tickets to an evening of brilliant wordplay that only Shakespeare can deliver are $12 for adults and $10 for non-Catawba students and senior citizens. These are available online at www.catawba.edu/theatretix or at the box office the night of the performance. In honor of National Shakespeare Day, all tickets to the show on February 26 are free. The show is rated G, good for all ages.