Sound Theatre Company to Present World Premiere of HOLIDAY OF ERRORS, 12/5-21
Sound Theatre Company, in partnership with One Lump or Two Productions, presents something new for holiday entertainment: a world-premiere comedy with no nutcrackers, no misers, and no elves. But what would Christmas be without...Shakespeare?
In the sly spirit of Black Adder and Shakespeare in Love, Holiday of Errors (or Much Ado About Stockings) is a jolly, irreverent send-up that mashes Twelfth Night, Richard III, and A Christmas Carol with historical inaccuracies and slanderous fabrications into an Elizabethan pudding that serves everyone!
Things look grim for Will Shakespeare and his trusty leading man, Dickie Burbage, on Christmas Eve, 1593. The great Theatre is facing imminent closure as the plague rages through London. But an urgent invitation from Queen Elizabeth to perform at Whitehall Palace for Twelfth Night is their golden ticket to solvency and royal patronage. Will's quill has been limp, but Christopher Marlowe's spirit inspires him to begin a new play featuring ghostly visitors who attempt to save the soul of their murderer, Richard III...with a bit of song and dance.
Will and Dickie must also scheme with the drunken Baron Bollox and Earl Eddie de Vere to confound the Queen's puritan chamberlain, who wants to close the theatres for good. All while the not-such-a-virgin Queen has some saucy designs of her own. Will the theatre survive? Will the Queen find love? And is Marlowe really dead?
Holiday of Errors is an original work by local playwrights Frank Lawler and Daniel Flint, and opens on December 6 for a limited run at the Center Theatre at the Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St. The play is directed by Sound Theatre Company's Artistic Director, Teresa Thuman. The play has mild innuendo, but is otherwise appropriate for all audiences.
One Lump or Two Productions is best known for their 2005 hit The Elsinore Diaries, the inaugural play in their series of Shakespearean themed comedies. Each play comically mines the historical and not so historical lives of Will, Richard Burbage, Eddie de Vere, Queen Elizabeth, King James, and a host of other famous, infamous and otherwise fabricated characters. The writers explore the unknown territory of how Shakespeare's plays came to be written, with tongues planted firmly in cheek. While comedy and wordplay are first and foremost on the menu, with over 45 productions of the Bard's works under the three creators' belts, a keen eye is given to history, scholarship and more than a few inside jokes. (One Lump or two Productions are Frank Lawler, Daniel Flint and Jason Marr.)
Sound Theatre Company presents highly theatrical work inspired by language and music while showcasing professional and emerging talent in the Seattle area. This is the third and final production of their 2013 season, which also included Tom Stoppard's Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth, and Andew Lippa's jazz age musical, The Wild Party. For more information, visit www.soundtheatrecompany.org.