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Seton Hall To Perform Shakespeare's 'Comedy of Errors' at SOPAC

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Cast members of "The Comedy of Errors" rehearse at Seton Hall's Theatre-in-the-Round. The production opens later this month at SOPAC and is free. Credits: Madelyn Abdalla
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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- Seton Hall University is bringing Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” to the SOPAC stage this month.

The comedic play, directed by professor Daniel Yates, will be performed at 8 p.m. Oct. 24-26 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 27. Admission is free and open to the public; no reservations are needed.

“The Comedy of Errors” tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. A series of mishaps based on mistaken identity takes place when Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio of Syracuse arrive in Ephesus, which is where their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant Dromio of Ephesus, live.

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This leads to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction and false accusations of infidelity, theft and madness.

“The play is one of Shakespeare’s funniest plays filled with sophomoric, silly humor as well as a great storytelling and should have great appeal to both college performers and audiences,” Yates said.

Twenty students have been cast, not including the group of technical directors behind the scenes.

Yates said that the students come from many different academic programs since all SHU students are allowed to be a part of the production.

“They are a great group of students and get along with each other very well, which is very important to the success of the show,” Yates said.

There are four academic theater productions, under the direction of a faculty member, and three or four Theatre Council productions each year, Yates said.

For more information on this production or future productions, “like” the Seton Hall Theatre page on Facebook.

The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.

 

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