Showgoers are in for a special surprise for the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s Sunday performance of, “The Comedy of Errors,” in Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas.
While he’s normally seen on the football field, UCA Coach Nathan Brown will be making an appearance on a different stage, set for a cameo during the weekend event.
Producing artistic director Rebekah Scallet previously told the Log Cabin Democrat, “The Comedy of Errors,” is Shakespeare’s “quintessential farce, with witty wordplay and hilarious comedic moments.”
The show will be directed by Jack Young, artistic director of Houston Shakespeare Festival, who was with AST in its 10th anniversary season as fight choreographer.
“Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy includes twins separated at birth, mistaken identities, and unrequited love,” a news release about the event states.
The LCD spoke with AST Executive Director Mary Marotte recently regarding how the 13th season has gone so far.
“The Comedy of Errors,” initially opened the season on June 7.
“Opening night was a bit chaotic, as the rain came and displaced us from the lawn at UCA to Cabe Theatre at Hendrix,” she said. “But, the show must go on, right?”
She said despite the location change, the cast and crew of the show “rallied” and put on a wonderful show for a “big and responsive audience.”
“We subsequently had very large audiences for the following two performances on the lawn at UCA,” the executive director told the LCD. “‘Guys and Dolls,’ opened to a sold-out audience who laughed and enjoyed the show from start to finish.”
This week, she said, AST is in tech for both “Romeo and Juliet,” which will debut at 7 p.m. June 20 at the Hub in North Little Rock, and, “Macbeth,” which opens at 7:30 p.m. June 21 in Reynolds Performance Hall.
“We are also looking forward to being at Winthrop Rockefeller Institute this Saturday night for, ‘Romeo and Juliet,’” Marotte said.
AST’s 13th season will continue through July 7.
Audiences will again be seated on-stage for the three productions in Reynolds Performance Hall. AST’s 13th season will close on July 7.
Tickets to the Reynolds Performance Hall productions of, “Macbeth,” and, “Guys and Dolls,” are $34 per person – $28 for seniors, active military and students. Tickets for, “Romeo and Juliet,” are $15 for adults and $12.50 for students.
Individual venues will handle ticketing for all touring productions of, “Romeo and Juliet,” and all outdoor performances of, “The Comedy of Errors,” are pay-what-you-can – with a $15 per person suggested donation.
For more information about tickets or subscriptions, call the box office at (866) 810-0012 or visit www.arkshakes.com.
There is no reserved seating for any performance in Reynolds. Those requiring special accommodations, such as wheelchair seating, are encouraged to contact AST at firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 852-0702 to make advance arrangements.
“Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is the state’s only professional Shakespeare company and is proud to make their home on the UCA campus,” the release states. “Each summer, AST offers full productions of a range of Shakespeare’s works, as well as other plays and musicals that help fulfill AST’s mission to entertain, engage and enrich the community.”