Shakespeare in the Park kicks off Friday night

Last modified: 7/31/2014 11:39:00 AM
Actor’s Circle Theatre’s 2014 Shakespeare in the Park offering, The Comedy of Errors, opens the first two weekends in August at Depot Square Park in Peterborough. “These two weekends are our tradition!” said ACT Managing Director, Rob Koch. This year’s official dates are Aug. 2, 3, 9 and 10, all shows at 5 p.m., and Chris McCartie of Keene is directing his fourth Shakespeare in the Park. As always, it is free to the public. Last year’s show was set in the 1920s and drew one of the largest audiences ever. The summer tradition lives on.

Of The Comedy of Errors, director McCartie said, “ACT allowed me my directorial debut in 2011 with As You Like It, and I’m thrilled to be back. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience, and this show, like always, is going to be a real treat.” Added Koch, “The Board of ACT looks forward to a future of offering excellent free and ticketed theatre events to our communities in the Monadnock region. Both our audiences and actors reap the rewards.”

Heather McCormack of Greenfield concurs. “One of the great things about Chris as a director is that he offers opportunities to women in male-heavy scripts. He doesn’t mind at all changing the gender of a role. This year, instead of the Duke, I am the Duchess of Solinas — a male role played as a woman again. It’s great fun!”

Alix Woodford, also of Greenfield, concurred. “Last year was my second year with Shakespeare in the Park. Chris cast me in two entirely different roles — instead of Antonio the father, as Shakespeare had written, he cast me as Antonia, the mother of Proteus, and also as a gangster moll! This year is a departure — a female playing a female role!”

“Also typical of Shakespeare is one actor playing multiple roles,” said Jaffrey’s Alana Korda. “Last year, I played a male role as a female role, then donned masculine garb and played a male outlaw. This year, I play a male role again, but as a woman — the part of the goldsmith, Angela!”

Once again, thespians new to the annual show will appear in Depot Square Park this year. McCartie states, “Word-of-mouth about the show grows and grows. We are welcoming several new actors yet again.”

Mia Moravis, formerly of ACT’s Board and continuing as publicist, said, “ACT has another fantastic cast.”

ACT Shakespeare veteran, Michael Redmond of Jaffrey, agrees. “I’ve been in every show, and it’s a highlight of my summer. This year’s cast has many ACT veterans and some very talented newcomers.“

Said director McCartie, “Everyone who auditioned was cast. It’s truly community theatre at its best, and everyone gets in on the fun.” Of McCartie, Moravis said, “Chris is a generous director and affords everyone their time center stage. I have a walk-on this year, and I can’t wait to see what he does with it!”

Heather Morrison, new to Shakespeare in the Park, said ”I cannot wait to play with this out-of-doors troupe of actors, of both new faces and old friends.”

2013 newcomer Bryan Hebert, said “I’m excited to play Dromio of Ephesus, especially opposite Jason [Barshevsky] as Dromio of Antipholus. Other characters getting two sets of twins mixed up is hilarious enough. All of the twins themselves getting each other mixed up is going to make the audience howl!”

McCartie holds Shakespeare in very high regard. “The Bard’s plays remain timeless. The language is beautiful and the plots are universal. They lend themselves to wide interpretation.”


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