ASHEVILLE — It's the last weekend to catch The Montford Park Players outdoor production of the Shakespeare classic ‘A Comedy of Errors.’
The production will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights May 7-22 at Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in Asheville.
A Comedy of Errors is typical of a Shakespearean comedy, involving mistaken identities, angry lovers, false arrests and much, much confusion. Slapstick and farce abound in one of the bard’s earliest plays — first performed in 1594 — and has since become one of his most-performed and most-beloved comedies.
Director Mandy Bean decided to set the play during the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918, with the dual purpose of lending some novelty to the proceedings, while also allowing her actors to wear masks, and still be fitting to their surroundings.
“Of course, as with all theatre there are times that the audience will have to be willing to suspend disbelief. I hope they're as enthusiastic to come along for the ride as I am,” Bean said. “Along with our audience, we are seeking some joy in safe, live entertainment after a long, long year.”
The Montford Park Players is the longest running Shakesperean theater company in the state, although it produces other classical plays as well. It has nine show planned for the season, which runs through October, including ‘The Sword in the Stone’ and ‘Merry Wives of Windsor.’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream is up next, opening the weekend of May 28.
The plays are free, but due to limited capacity, you must sign up for a free ticket ahead of time online. Do so by clicking here.
You can make a donation when getting the ticket online, and a hat will be passed at intermission as well.
Located at 92 Gay Street in Asheville. 828-254-5146.