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Theatre Department Presents The Comedy of Errors

Play scheduled for Oct. 25-29.

10/17/2007 9:17:39 AM


LYNCHBURG – Randolph College’s Theatre Department will present The Comedy of Errors, Shakespeare’s earliest comedy Oct. 25-29.

“The play addresses our sense of identity,” said Ken Parks, director. “Comparing one's own sense of self and history in the face of others who reflect both differently has a certain relevance to our own situation as the newly defined Randolph College.”

The Comedy of Errors features the zany antics and misunderstandings resulting from the arrival of two sets of long-lost identical twins to the same town. By setting up two sets of twins; brothers separated at birth and their respective servants, the mechanics of mistaken identity are compounded: characters are mistaken by others and mistake one another as the pairs are separated and reunited through the course of a day. Master and servant arrive in a town where strangers seem to know them better than they do themselves, and friends ascribe to them actions that are foreign to them. The resulting confusion has each questioning his sense of self.

“It’s a comedy of mistaken identities, miscommunications, and one fateful shipwreck,” said Molly Bunder ’08, who plays Adrianna.

The Comedy of Errors is generally accepted as the first of Shakespeare's comedies though it displays a sophistication of technique that might suggest otherwise. Harold Bloom, in his Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human, speaks about its mastery in action, character, and stagecraft, and that "it far outshines the three Henry VI plays and . . . The Two Gentlemen of Verona."

“Its action incorporates richly drawn characters and a blend of high and low comedy that will keep the most jaded playgoer rolling,” Parks said.

The play is scheduled Oct. 25-29 in Thoresen Theatre. All performances except the 2 p.m. Sunday matinee will take place at 7:30 p.m. An actor talkback will follow the Oct. 25 performance, and a presentation, “Shakespeare’s World and His Classical Sources,” will follow the matinee on October 28.

Tickets for $12 for adults and $5 for students and those over 65. Children under 12 are free. To reserve tickets, call (434) 947-8562 or go online at:

For more information, contact Ken Parks, director, at (434) 947-8564 or

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations