CST's Short Shakespeare! productions offer a perfect introduction to the Bard—for audiences of all ages. In this 75-minute abridged production, a wildly entertaining tale unfolds as identical twin brothers—and their identical twin servants—are lost in a mixed-up world of mistaken identities. Following each performance, audiences are welcome to join the cast for a post-show discussion.
Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Approximate Running Time: 75 minutes
Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors is presented in the Jentes Family Auditorium.
Egeon has sailed the seas for five long years in search of his son. Arriving in Ephesus (where Syracusans are strictly forbidden), he is arrested on sight and sentenced for execution that very night unless he can pay a hefty ransom.
And so Egeon begins to tell his sad story: Many years ago a shipwreck tore apart his family. Egeon, along with one twin son named Antipholus and a servant named Dromio, was rescued; but his wife and the twin brothers of both his child and servant were never seen again. Years later when Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio were 18 years old, they set out from Syracuse in search of their brothers. Egeon has not seen them since they left, five years ago.
As luck would have it, though, those same two young men that very same morning also arrived in Ephesus of all places...And by another strange stroke of fate, Antipholus's twin (Antipholus of Ephesus) has been living right here in Ephesus for all these years with his own servant—named, coincidentally, Dromio of Ephesus...To everybody who runs into one twin or another, the brothers are indistinguishable—and for one mixed-up day, mistaken identity, misadventure and mishap turn life in Ephesus completely topsy-turvy.
As the visitors from Syracuse grow ever more certain that this strange land is bewitched, the natives draw their own conclusions. All hope of sanity seems quite lost—until an Abbess with knowledge of life beyond the cloistered walls amazes us all...
– Contributed by the CST Education Department