CAPE MAY – Cape May Shakespeare Festival is proud to announce that the inaugural offering of the newly-formed Festival will be REV Theatre Company’s production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS on the grounds of the historic Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ. Performances will be at 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 14 through Saturday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 21 through Saturday, July 25. This production is presented in association with the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities.
Cape May is theatrically rich and diverse, with offerings from Cape May Stage, East Lynne Theatre, and Elaine’s Dinner Theater; however, it has been without outdoor summer theater performances for many years now. And, actually, never any productions of Shakespeare.
UNTIL NOW THAT IS! –
Founded by Cape May resident Ken Bingham, with Rosey Hay and Rudy Caporaso, the Cape May Shakespeare Festival fulfills a need for alfresco Shakespeare in the community with New York City-based, critically-acclaimed REV Theatre Company’s production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS.
This initial endeavor will be locally produced with personnel from the Royal Shakespeare Company, New York City, Philadelphia, and Cape May, itself. The goal of this production is to make Shakespeare immediate and accessible to audiences.
One of Shakespeare’s earliest and most vibrant comedies, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS is a zany, madcap romp of mistaken identities that ends in a [Spoiler Alert] heart-warming reconciliation of a family that has been torn apart by a shipwreck. Take two pairs of identical twins, a jealous wife and her love-struck sister, a greedy merchant, a father whose head will be chopped off at sunset, a dimwitted courtesan, a stolen necklace, one angry nun, a greasy kitchen wench and an exorcist; add in Shakespeare’s brilliant, sparkling language and the result is a concoction of delightful lunacy and farcical delirium.
Done in pure REV fashion – including intensely physical staging and musical numbers – THE COMEDY OF ERRORS is a colorful, contemporary take on Shakespeare’s screwball comedy. This production is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare and is guaranteed to appeal to each and every member of the family.
The festivities will kick off at 4:30 p.m. with an Elizabethan Festival, featuring jugglers, jesters, music, cheer, food, drink, interactive entertainment, and a visit from the King and Queen. We might even be able to tempt Shakespeare himself to stop by for a visit. This free event is open to all, whether you’ll be attending the play directly afterwards or not.
For more information visit the MAC website or contact Ken Bingham 215-350-0317