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The Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare

Director: Elizabeth Ross
Production Dates: March 22- April 7, 2024
Audition Dates: December 10, 11 7PM with callbacks December 12

The Comedy of Errors is going to be a fast-paced, farcical romp set in the world of 1920 silent film and inspired by the great movie clowns Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd. The plot centers on the hilarious mix-ups and chaos due to the mistaken identities between two pairs of identical twins.

You do not need to have experience with Shakespeare to audition for this show! We will provide sides from the play for cold readings. Be ready to show your comedic timing and physicality during auditions.

Some roles may be combined depending on auditions.  And also seeking a piano player to provide live accompaniment on stage throughout the production.

Antipholus of Syracuse – The twin brother of Antipholus of Ephesus and the son of Egeon; he has been traveling the world with his slave, Dromio of Syracuse, trying to find his long-lost brother and mother.

Antipholus of Ephesus – The twin brother of Antipholus of Syracuse and the son of Egeon; he is a well-respected merchant in Ephesus and Adriana’s husband.

Dromio of Syracuse – The comical slave of Antipholus of Syracuse. He is the twin brother of Dromio of Ephesus.

Dromio of Ephesus – The comical slave of Antipholus of Ephesus. He is the Syracusan Dromio’s twin brother.

Adriana – The wife of Antipholus of Ephesus, she is a fierce, jealous woman.

Luciana – Adriana’s unmarried sister and the object of Antipholus of Syracuse’s affections.

Duke Solinus – The Duke of Ephesus; a just but merciful ruler.

Egeon – A Syracusan merchant, husband of the Abbess (Emilia), and the father of the two Antipholi. He is,like his Syracusan son, in search of the missing half of his family; he has been sentenced to death as the play begins.

Abbess Emilia – the long-lost wife of EGEON and the mother of the two Antipholi, currently a nun

Balthazar – A merchant in Syracuse.

Angelo – A goldsmith in Syracuse and a friend to Antipholus of Ephesus.

First Merchant – An Ephesian friend of Antipholus of Syracuse.

Second Merchant – A tradesman to whom Angelo is in debt.

Doctor Pinch – A schoolteacher, conjurer, and would-be exorcist.

Luce – Also called Nell. Antipholus of Ephesus’ the fat maid and Dromio of Ephesus’ wife. (This character will only be heard from offstage)

Courtesan – An expensive prostitute and “friend” of Antipholus of Ephesus.

Officer/Jailer – An officer of the jail that works for the Duke and a debt recovery officer, who can be hired to arrest defaulters.

Servant – Adriana’s Servant

Audition slots Signup Genius for Comedy of Errors

Readings will be from the Script 

Sides are here Audition Sides

Auditions at the QP Playhouse 55 Hopkins Street Reading MA 01867

Actors will be required to show proof of vaccination and are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when not reading. Please see our full COVID policies here: https://www.qptheater.com/covid-19-policies/

We welcome and encourage performers and team members of all colors, ethnicities, genders/gender non-conformity, body types, and abilities to join us. The Quannapowitt Players is dedicated to creating a welcoming and accessible space for all people of any identity, background, or ability, including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, nationality or immigration status, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical/mental ability, appearance, socio-economic status, education level, and political viewpoint.

We are committed to pursuing inclusivity and equity in all aspects of our theater.

If you require any specific accommodations for an audition, rehearsals, or performances, please reach out to us prior to the audition dates. We are eager to help you be able to get to us and to show us your best work!

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