LADC’s Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A. Kicks Off with VIP Party April 15

LADC stars and celebrities at their "A Mid-City Night's Dream" gala at Studio 11, November 9, 2014 Los Angeles, CA Photo credit: Paul Smith / Featureflash

LADC stars and celebrities at A Mid-City Night’s Dream gala at Studio 11, Nov 9, 2014 Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Drama Club launches its 10th Anniversary Season on April 15 with a VIP Party at Lyric Theatre & Voila on La Brea. As part of the event, children ages 7-17 from both South L.A and Hollywood will perform opposite Alex Kingston (Dr. Who) and Diedrich Bader (Veep) in comedic excerpts from Shakespeare’s plays. Following the performance, you’ll enjoy music, food, wine and visits from LADC’s young Players for some table-side Shakespeare.

You’ll also be invited to participate in the company’s 10 Seconds of Shakespeare campaign, where you’re given a line of Shakespeare’s text to speak into your phone and post online on their Wall of Fame.

This season of the Los Angeles Drama Club’s bi-annual Shakespeare Youth Festival L.A. runs April 16 – May 5 and coincides with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The four plays presented during the festival feature families disrupted by internal and external storms and re-united by time and forgiveness. The first to open is The Comedy of Errors on April 16 & 17 at Club Fais Do Do.  More

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The Comedy of Errors is up next for The Old Globe

Comedy of Errors - The Old GlobeThe Old Globe has announced its cast and crew for The Comedy of Errors, part of the Globe’s 80th Anniversary festivities during Balboa Park’s Centennial Celebration. With three shows on Broadway this year, Tony and Emmy Award nominee Scott Ellis makes his Globe debut directing one of William Shakespeare’s most delightful confections. Performances begin August 16 and run through September 20, 2015, with opening night on Saturday, August 22 at 8:00 pm.

Laughter will ring out under the stars as Shakespeare’s hilarious tale of mistaken identity takes the outdoor stage. A young man and his servant arrive in town, unaware that each of them has a separated-at-birth identical twin already there. This can’t end well—or maybe it can, but not before the unexpected double vision leads to furious wives, confused mistresses, scandalized family members, and general mayhem.  More

The Old Globe Celebrates its 80th Year in 2015 with Shakespeare Onstage and in Film

Rebecca TaichmanThe Old Globe will celebrate its 80th Anniversary as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration with a 2015 Summer Season featuring Shakespeare onstage and in film.

2014 Tony Award winner for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and former Old Globe Shakespeare Festival artistic director Darko Tresnjak returns to direct the musical classic Kiss Me, Kate, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Sam and Bella Spewack, and choreography by Peggy Hickey, in association with Hartford Stage.

Director Rebecca Taichman (pictured), whose time-traveling Time and the Conways fascinated audiences last April, is back to direct Shakespeare’s delightful and romantic Twelfth Night. Six-time Tony Award nominee Scott Ellis, who has three shows on Broadway this season, will make his Old Globe directorial debut with Shakespeare’s hilarious The Comedy of ErrorsMore

Groundless Shakespeare Ensemble Begins its Second Season

Groundless Shakespeare

The Groundless Shakespeare Ensemble presents The Comedy of Errors, the first show of its second season on Friday, September 27th, at St. Nicks Pub in Beverly Hills, 8450 West 3rd Street. The ensemble is made up of established theatre professionals, improvisation artists, and recent theatre graduates who are all devoted to the playing of Shakespeare in its most basic form. Actors are cast separately and rehearse their lines on their own. Then, in a ONE-NIGHT-ONLY celebration of comedy, poetry, food, drink, dancing, and theatre, both audience and performers discover the play together as it unfolds, embracing the accidents and minor miracles that can only be found in live theatre.

Shakespeare is truly taken off the pedestal as the audience is encouraged to call out, answer their cell phones, order food and drink, completely ignore or thoroughly participate in the onstage action. Sounds like Shakespeare designed for a modern multi-tasking audience! For more info about the company visit www.groundlessshakes.com.

Comedies Rule in Griffith Park

Free Shakespeare in Griffith Park is the place to be this summer! Join Independent Shakespeare Co. for The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream and “Shakespeare Set Free.” Thursday through Sunday at 7pm, now through Sept 2.

Antipholus of Syracuse (Sean Pritchett) and his servant Dromio of Syracuse (Richard Azurdia) Photos by Grettel Cortes

The Comedy of Errors: Do you ever feel that something in your life is missing? The Mediterranean Island of Ephesus at the tail end of WWII is a dangerous place. Locked in a battle with neighboring Syracuse, the town is suspicious of strangers. Into this place, two men come to town seeking to find themselves, but inadvertently cut a path of chaos. During the upheaval, love is lost and found, lives are saved, and a community is restored. A live band and period dancing complete Shakespeare’s most compact and fast-paced comedy.  More

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival Opens June 28

Presented by Independent Shakespeare Co., the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival is the largest summer theater event in the City of Los Angeles. This year ISC is offering over 40 nights of programming beginning June 28 with Shakespeare’s rarely-produced romance, The Winter’s Tale, directed by Sanford Robbins. Alongside that are two of his most popular comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (opening Thursday, July 5) and The Comedy of Errors (opening Thursday, August 2), both directed by ISC Artistic Director, Melissa Chalsma who will also take the stage as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s DreamMore

Elite Theatre Co. stages reading of Comedy of Errors

The Elite Theatre Co. and G.A.T.E. players present their fifth Sundays at 7 Staged Reading Series: Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. Come enjoy the language, comedy, romance, and slapstick of this Shakespearean farce, perfect for the whole family. The reading is free and will be held at the beautiful Elite Theatre in Oxnard’s Historic Heritage Square. Concessions will be available. Reservations not required. Comedy of Errors will be presented Sunday, April 29, at 7:00 pm. The Elite Theatre is located at 730 South “B” Street, Oxnard, CA 93030. For more information call 805-483-5118 or visit elitetheatre.org.

LATW/UCLA to Broadcast National Theatre’s The Comedy of Errors on March 11

L.A. Theatre Works & The James Bridges Theater present a National Theatre Live broadcast of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors in HD at UCLA’s James Bridges Theater Sunday, March 11 at 4:00 pm. Two sets of twins separated at birth collide in the same city without meeting for one crazy day, as multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale. Lenny Henry stars as Antipholus of Syracuse. Filmed live at the National’s Olivier Theatre and broadcast to hundreds of cinemas and performing arts venues around the world by National Theatre Live. The state-of-the-art.  James Bridges Theater is the main screening venue of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, an elegant, comfortable setting that enhances media presentations in a wide variety of film and video formats. It is located at 235 Charles E. Young Drive. Los Angeles, CA 90095. Tickets are $20/general admission and students $10. Call 310-827-0889 or go to www.latw.org.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre brings The Comedy of Errors to the Broad

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Photos by Angela Weiss

Mischief’s afoot at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica as Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre returns with a touring production of The Comedy of Errors that runs through November 27. The farcical foolery of this early Shakespeare work plays out with breakneck speed, full of slapstick kicks, drops, and punches to the face, accompanied by music and a multitude of clever sound effects (complete with a ‘slap stick’ for many of those hits). It’s a lean and light tryst that maximizes the comedic abilities of its players while hiding more serious themes underneath its frivolity.

A traveling troupe of eight players, playing a traveling troupe of more players, take on all the characters, which means not only are the roles of Antipholus and Dromio doubled, as is often the case, but others are as well. This opens up a whole new world of opportunity for humor as the actors run back and forth, adding a hat or other costume piece to establish that they may be talking to another character elsewhere on the stage who is actually being played by themselves. Watch for the reappearance of Egeon in the last scene and you’ll see what I mean. If it all sounds confusing never fear. In the Globe’s actors’ expert hands, you’ll always know who is who and you’ll love the ingenious way the characters flip back and forth, often quite literally.

The story concerns two sets of twins separated at birth who turn up in the same city and are mistaken for their counterparts, though they themselves don’t know that’s what is happening. Bill Buckhurst deftly plays the two Antipholuses (or should I say Antipholi?) of Syracuse and Epheseus, and Fergal McElherron is Dromio, servant to each master. McElherron steals the show with his breathless performance, giving one of Shakespeare’s best loved fools as much heart as hilarity.

The Globe’s ensemble makes the most of its assets, delivering the text with crisp, natural precision and moving joyfully about in this make believe world of ‘let’s put on a show.’ Stylistically we are somewhere between Mecca and Morocco with a tent pitched as the backdrop to the action atop a wooden platform stage and actors decked out in colorful desert attire.

Don’t look for anything stuffy or highbrow here. Though The Comedy of Errors does frame itself with a moral dilemma that finds resolution in the end, it is its swan dive into the depths of low comedy where it finds its surest footing.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre tour of The Comedy of Errors runs through November 27 at The Broad Stage, located at 1310 11th Street Santa Monica, 90401.  For tickets and more information go to www.thebroadstage.com

Powerhouse Theatre Deck sets the stage for The Comedy of Errors

Reserve your tickets now for The Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble’s FREE performances of The Comedy of Errors to be performed outdoors on the deck of the Powerhouse Theatre in Santa Monica. Performances take place Sept 2 – 24 at 7:00 pm on Wed, Sat and Sunday nights (excluding 9/10) and seating is limited, with only 50 seats available each night.

You can bring your own food and drink or purchase it at the theatre while you enjoy Shakespeare’s madcap farce of mistaken and lost identities. In director Drew Shirley’s wildly physical and imaginative new production anything can happen – doors are slammed, insults hurled, demons exorcised, pants dropped, nuns fall in love and actors fly across the stage with reckless abandon. Come join in the fun as the company thanks the community for its support by offering these free performances. 

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