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Fermilab Art Series presents:
Aquila Theatre: Shakespeare's "Comedy of Errors"

October 4, 2008 @ 8 p.m.
Tickets - $30 ($15 ages 18 and under)

Join us at 7 p.m. for a pre-performance talk by one of the world's foremost experts on Shakespeare, Dr. David Bevington, University of Chicago.

The Classics made relevant with suberb acting and clever staging - The New Yorker

It's back! This time, even newer and even more improved. The Comedy of Errors has been a massive hit for Aquila Theatre since its first incarnation in New York in 2000. Since then, this high-powered, vibrant production has delighted audiences at the La Jolla Playhouse, the LA Shakespeare Festival, European Shakespeare festivals, and coast-to-coast in the United States. The shrewd and inventive plot relates the story of two pairs of identical twins in the same house-hold separated by a devastating shipwreck. But as this delightful comedy unfolds, all is not what it seems. Shakespeare's remarkable staging propels a glorious, farcical romp set in the sumptuous surroundings of the ancient city of Ephesus. Brilliant comedy abounds in this witty take of mistaken identity, assumed personas, hilarious machinations and whimsical family ties. Shakespeare expertly weaves these boisterously entertaining strands together allowing his audience to stay one step ahead of his characters and laugh heartily at the outrageous results.

The Aquila Theatre Company was founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck and has been based in New York City since 1999. Aquila's mission is to bring the greatest theatrical works to the greatest number. Aquila presents a regular season of plays in New York, at international festivals, and tours to approximately seventy American towns and cities a year. Aquila Theatre recently wowed Fermilab audiences with their innovative performance of Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales.” With their trademark fresh perspective and incredible quality, this company has become the country’s premiere touring theatre company. (Text courtesy of Aquila Theatre Company)

"No one who sees the rousing production by the excellent Aquila Theatre will forget a whit of it" - The New York Times

Bevington has written or edited more than 30 volumes on Shakespeare and his contemporaries. His scholarship has engaged him with all aspects of medieval and Renaissance drama, from the fundamental philological work of making the texts available for theoretical discussions about where and whether the text of the play exists, to the most personal connection with their meanings.

Currently he is the senior editor of the forthcoming Norton Anthology of Renaissance Drama, to contain 27 plays by Shakespeare's contemporaries (Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, John Webster and others). He also is the editor of Medieval Drama (Houghton Mifflin, 1975); Bantam Shakespeare, in 29 paperback volumes (Bantam, 1988); and The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Longman, 1992).

This presentation is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council, General Mills Foundation, and Land O'Lakes Foundation.

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