WSC Black and Gold Series to Present Comedy of Errors
The 2008-09 Wayne State College Black and Gold performing arts series will continue Feb. 18 with the touring company Aquila Theatre performing the classic William Shakespeare work, The Comedy of Errors, at 7:30 p.m. in Ramsey Theatre on the WSC campus.
For interested patrons, WSC will host a pre-performance talk by a member of the company from 6:30 to 7 p.m. in classroom 105 adjacent to Ramsey Theatre. Based in New York City, Aquila is the foremost producer of touring classical theatre in the United States, visiting 60-70 American cities per year.
Described by The London Times as "hugely enjoyable and very funny," and The New Yorker as "beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect," Aquila's unique and ingenious staging of classical comedy have received prestigious international prizes and high praise from audiences, critics and scholars. Aquila has represented the National Endowment of the Arts at the White House performing Shakespeare for the president and First Lady and in the summer of 2007, made their Edinburgh Festival debut. The New York Times wrote of Aquila's production of Comedy of Errors "No one who sees the rousing production by the excellent Aquila Theater Company will forget it."
The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare's most vibrant and sparkling comedies. The shrewd and inventive plot relates an intricate and energetic story of two pairs of identical twins in the same household separated by a devastating shipwreck. But as this delightful comedy unfolds, all is not what it seems. Shakespeare's staging propels a glorious, farcical romp set in the sumptuous surroundings of the ancient city of Ephesus. Brilliant comedy abounds in this witty tale of mistaken identity, assumed personas, hilarious machinations and whimsical family ties. Shakespeare expertly weaves these boisterously entertaining strands together allowing his audience to stay one step ahead of his characters and laugh heartily at the outrageous results.
Tickets for general admission go on sale at the WSC Business Office beginning Jan. 26 for $10. Tickets will be available at the door but purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.
For ticket information please call the WSC business office at 375-7517.