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Release: March 2, 2001
The Acting Company performs musical version of Shakespeare's
'Comedy of Errors' at UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Acting Company, Americas
foremost classical theater touring company, will perform Trevor Nunns
musical version of Shakespeares "The Comedy of Errors" at
8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20 and 21, in Hancher Auditorium on the
University of Iowa campus.
During its visit to the UI, the Acting Company will
also present a March 21 matinee for school groups as part of Hanchers
Stage Door educational series, and a company member will present a March 22-23
acting workshop for drama students of Kate Hamm at Iowa City West High School.
This version of "The Comedy of Errors,"
is set roughly in the 1970s. It features music by Guy Woolfenden and lyrics
by Trevor Nunn -- the director of "Les Miserables" and the lyricist
of "Memory" from his production of "Cats" -- and was staged
by acclaimed director John Rando.
The Acting Company cast includes Gregory Jackson, an alumnus of the UI Department
of Theatre Arts from Council Bluffs.
"The Comedy of Errors" begins when Antipholus
of Syracuse and his servant Dromio arrive at Ephesus, one more stop on their
quest to find their long-lost twin brothers. They do not yet know that their
siblings do, indeed, live at this city -- and to complicate things further,
they have the same names as their brothers.
Suddenly, Antipholus of Syracuse finds himself faced
with his brothers wife, friends and servant, who believe him to be the
other Antipholus! As the twins lives begin to cross on- and
off-stage, the confusion and laughter swiftly mount, adding up to one of Shakespeares
most zany and riotous comedies.
Nunn is director of Englands Royal National
Theatre, where his productions include "Arcadia," "Not About
Nightingales," "Oklahoma!," "The Merchant of Venice"
and "Albert Speer." In 1968 he became the youngest ever artistic
director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and he directed the original productions
of the international hits "Les Miserables," "Chess" and
Woolfenden has written more than 150 scores for the
Royal Shakespeare Company and has worked with a variety of other major European
theater companies, and he has arranged the music for the Kirov Ballet.
Randos production of Neil Simons "The
Dinner Party" opened on Broadway in October after runs at The Mark Taper
Forum in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. His future
projects include "A Thousand Clowns" starring Tom Selleck, slated
for spring 2001 on Broadway.
The Acting Company, was founded in 1972 by current
producing director Margot Harley and the late John Houseman, to bring top-notch
productions of classic and contemporary plays to all parts of the United States,
while providing opportunities for gifted and highly-trained young actors.
During nearly three decades of touring, the Acting
Company has traveled more than 500,000 miles through 48 states and nine other
countries, performing a repertoire of 77 plays for more than two million people.
A roster of the Acting Companys 263 acting alumni
reads like a "Whos Who" of American theater including Frances
Conroy, Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone and David Ogden Stiers.
In recognition of its consistent level of excellence,
the Acting Company has won several Obie Awards, Audelco Awards, the Los Angeles
Drama Critics Circle Award and two Tony Award nominations.
Angela Lansbury described the Acting Company as "the
hope of the American theater," and a Miami Herald review asserted, "The
Acting Company is one of this countrys most exciting, creative and impressive
The Sheraton Iowa City Hotel is the corporate sponsor
of the Acting Company performances through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets for "The Comedy of Errors" are $30,
$27 and $24 from the Hancher box office.
Zone 1 tickets for UI students are $24, and zone 2 and 3 tickets are $10.
Senior citizens qualify for a 20 percent discount on all tickets, and tickets
for audience members 17 and younger are half price.
Box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160.
Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to
(319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express.
UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty
and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures
may be requested by e-mail at
People with special needs for access, seating and
auxiliary services should dial
(319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel prepared
to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and seating,
hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with TDD for
people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
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