Confetti Stage, in collaboration with Ten Broeck Mansion, announces auditions for
THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
by William Shakespeare
Directed by John A. Nickles
Auditions Dates & Times:
Monday, May 16th & Wednesday, May 18th
6:30pm sign-in; 7:00pm audition start
The Albany Masonic Hall
67 Corning Place
Albany, NY 12207
August 5-6 & 11-13 @ 7:30pm
August 7 & 14 @ 2:00pm
(Tech week July 31-August 4; specific schedule to be determined in rehearsal)
Confetti returns to the beautiful gardens at Ten Broeck Mansion this summer to present a classic farce by Shakespeare.
The Comedy of Errors is one of William Shakespeare’s early plays. It is his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies,
with a major part of the humor coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play. It has been
adapted for opera, stage, screen and musical theatre.
The Comedy of Errors tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.
Actors should prepare a short Shakespearean monologue (comic or tragic).Does not need to be memorized. Headshots and resumes are not required. Some physical activity, including slapstick, will be necessary for this show. All roles are open, and actors of all ages, gender, and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.
Any questions please contact director John A. Nickles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHARACTERS (some characters will be doubled):
Antipholus of Syracuse, merchant and twin
Antipholus of Ephesus, merchant and twin (N.B. The Antipholuses should look somewhat alike.)
Dromio of Syracuse, long-suffering servant and twin
Dromio of Ephesus, long-suffering servant and twin (N.B. The Dromios need not look ANYTHING alike.)
Adriana, fed-up wife of Antipholus of Ephesus
Luciana, philosophical sister to Adriana
Solinus, Duke (or Duchess) of Ephesus
Egeon, merchant and father to the Antipholuses
Abbess, later revealed to be Emilia, wife of Egeon and mother to the Antipholuses
1st Merchant, friend to Antipholus of Syracuse (will be doubled)
Angelo (or Angela), a goldsmith
2nd Merchant, to whom Angelo is in debt
Balthasar, yet another merchant
Doctor Pinch, schoolmaster and would-be wizard (may double with Balthasar)
Luce, maid to Adriana
Courtesan, a courtesan
Jailer, an officer of the Court