July 25, 2013, Langley BC: Bard in the Valley is returning to two outdoor venues in Langley in August presenting William Shakespeare‘s The Comedy of Errors. This is the troupes’ fourth season and this year’s production, directed by Darcy J. Knopp, is filled with a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities leading to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, arrest, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.
“We are delighted, once again, to offer a Shakespearean play that is fast-paced and filled with fun. Admission is even less than it was in Shakespearean times – it’s free – thanks to the support from our generous sponsors,” said Diane Gendron, producer of The Comedy of Errors. “It’s a fun outdoor theatre experience for the whole family and a perfect introduction for children to live theatre, and to Shakespeare. It has been my great pleasure to work with the team of talented, dedicated people who have created this production – all of us are volunteers and we are involved because we want to give something worthwhile back to the community.”
The audience is invited to bring a blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic or to pick up a hot dog or hamburger at the Elk’s Concession that will be onsite in Douglas Park.
Admission to the event is free but donations will be welcome to help cover production costs.
“Everyone has a favourite,” commented director Darcy J. Knopp. “The Comedy of Errors is mine. It’s a romp through the bewitching City of Ephesus. Sure, it’s ridiculous and trots the border of preposterous, but think of the best adventure you have ever had; would you describe it any other way? It’s snappy, slappy, and guaranteed to make you happy you spent a beautiful summer evening at the outdoor theatre.”
Show dates are August 8 to 10 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 11 at 2 p.m. and August 15 to 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 18 at 2 p.m. on the outdoor Spirit Square Stage in Douglas Park in Langley City. The set is then moved to Willoughby Park adjacent to the Langley Events Centre in the Township of Langley for two performances at the International Festival: Saturday, August 24 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, August 25 at 1 p.m.
The production is made possible with the support of the City of Langley, The Township of Langley, The Rotary Club of Langley, The Langley Times, 93.7 JRfm, Tourism Langley, Coast Capital Savings, Waterstone Law Group, 24/7 Security, Township 7 Winery, Deloitte, MediaLink Graphic Design, Jimmy See Trucking, Staples and Benjamin Moore – the Langley Decorating Centre.
For more Information about The Bard in the Valley Theatre Company please visit www.bardinthevalley.com.
See below for the synopsis and performance dates and times. Cast members are also listed and where they live is noted in case the newspapers outside of Langley want to feature their local talent. Please contact Diane Gendron for contact information for the cast.
Bard in the Valley’s version of The Comedy of Errors is set in a modern-day Mediterranean casino. It tells the story of a poor, elderly merchant who is arrested when he arrives in an inhospitable foreign land while searching for his wife and twin sons and their twin male servants who were lost at sea many years ago. Add into the mix a shrewish wife, a sweet sister and a conjuror, and a hilarious entanglement ensues. A series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, arrest, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness and demonic possession.
Spirit Square Stage in Langley City’s Douglas Park
Thursday August 8 – 7pm
Friday August 9 – 7pm
Saturday August 10 – 7pm
Sunday August 11 – 2pm
Thursday August 15 – 7pm
Friday August 16 – 7pm
Saturday August 17 – Arts Alive – 7pm
Sunday August 18 – 2pm
Willoughby Community Park – Langley Events Centre – The Township of Langley
The International Festival
Saturday August 24 – 6pm
Sunday August 25 – 1pm
Antipholus of Syracuse: JD Dueckman, Abbotsford
Antipholus of Ephesus: Tim Howe, Chilliwack
Dromio of Syracuse: Lionel Rust, New Westminster
Dromio of Ephesus: Luke Stevens, Chilliwack
Adriana: Mandy Dyck, Chilliwack
Luciana: Elyse Maloway, Cloverdale
Angela the Jeweler: Sarah Cavalli, Langley
Duchess Solinus: Heather Harris, Surrey
Aegeon / Pinch: Robert Virtue, Langley
Courtesan/1st Merchant: Samantha Gunson, Langley
Officer / Jailer: Shawn McGrory, Langley
Amelia / Luce: Kate Bergen, Langley
Balthazar: Michael Sousa, Langley
2nd Merchant: Lauren Trotzuk, Langley
Producer – Diane Gendron – 604-534-4242