Spectralia Theatre to Present COMEDY OF ERRORS Free Chicago Parks Tour, 6/29-8/4

By: Jun. 24, 2013
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Spectralia Theatre, in cooperation with Friends of the Parks and the Chicago Park District, presents Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors June 29th to August 4th. Before Fred and Barney or Gilligan and Skipper, there was Antipholous and Dromio - the original slapstick-comedy duo. Double the fun with two sets of twins and you have The Comedy of Errors. Mistaken identities, wrongful arrests and mishandled servants abound in Comedy, the Bard's earliest known play. The production features sword fights and third-party (bystander) knaps, employing a variety of percussion instruments to enhance the comedic effect. This family-friendly, 90-minute version of The Comedy of Errors is a great introduction to Shakespeare as well as a new take on a classic comedy. Patrons are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and/or chairs to this outdoor production.

Spectralia Theatre associate Renae Stone directs the production. This is Renae's third production with Spectralia/Bard in the Parks and her first as director. Spectralia founding member Don Johnson adapted the play. This is Johnson's sixth Shakespeare adaptation for Spectralia/Bard in the Parks. Artistic staff includes Dave Gonzalez (fight choreography), Lauren Angel-Nichols (scenic painting/graphic design), Liz Hoffman (costume design), and Sammi Grant (text coach). This year's production features five teachers and teaching artists from the Chicago area, including director Renae Stone and producer Julie Johnson.

The Comedy of Errors runs June 29-August 4, Saturdays and Sundays at 5 p.m. Performance dates/locations: June 29th and 30th at Ravenswood Manor Park (4626 N. Manor), July 6th at Hermosa Park (2240 N. Kilbourn), July 7th at Nichols Park (1355 E. 53rd St), July 13th and 14th at Touhy Park (7348 N. Paulina), July 20th at Broncho Billy Playlot (4437 N. Magnolia), July 21st at Peterson Park (5801 N. Pulaski), July 27th and 28th at Skinner Park (1331 W. Adams), and August 3rd and 4th at Chase Park (4701 N. Ashland). Select performances are part of the City of Chicago's Night Out in the Parks initiative. All performances are free of charge. Donations are appreciated.

For information call 773-654-3097 or visit www.spectralia.org

Photo Credit: David Braverman


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