The Comedy in Comedy of Errors Lecture Thursday June 6, 2019
6:30 PM until 7:30 PM
Yale College Professor, Dr. Mark Schenker will present a lecture, followed by Q&A, on The Comedy in Comedy of Errors both in itself and as an example of the comic mode in Shakespeare. This event is sponsored by Friends of Shakespeare in the Litchfield Hills, together with Shakesperience Productions in connection with their main stage productions of The Comedy of Errors in Washington, CT this summer.
The main stage productions of The Comedy of Errors by Shakespeare in the Park will take place at the River Walk Pavilion in Washington, CT nightly Wednesday, August 7th through Sunday, August 11th @ 7:30 p.m. Performances are free; audience is encouraged to bring blankets, beach/lawn chairs and picnic dinners for these theatre under the stars events.
The Comedy of Errors is the shortest and most concentrated of Shakespeare’s dramas: the events occur in a single place, in a single day. The playwright expanded upon his source—a play by the Roman playwright Plautus (c. 254-184 BCE)—by presenting us with not one set of twins, but two. We will consider how this earliest of his comedies embraces both farce (with its physical comedy, improbability, and sight gags) and the themes that characterize Shakespeare's most mature comedies: the social context of human identity, the virtue of compassion, and the redeeming power of love.
to go to the Gunn Memorial Library & Museum