WESTERLY — Victor Chiburis said he's delighted with the reception Flock Theatre is receiving with its first foray into Westerly.
"It's really heartening to see so many people showing up," said Chiburis, who is directing William Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors," on stage in Wilcox Park through July 7. "We've had some really nice-sized crowds."
The New London-based theater company made its Westerly debut on June 27 with the play Chiburis calls "one of the Bard’s most farcical comedies" ... one filled with "plenty of slapstick, puns, anachronism, and silliness."
Certainly no strangers to Westerly — Flock's Executive Artistic Director Derron Wood served as director of the Chorus of Westerly's famed "A Celebration of Twelfth Night" for a number of years — this is the first time for the company to stage a production in Westerly. The company has been presenting Shakespeare in Connecticut College's Arboretum in New London for the past 25 years.
A number of Westerly residents, including 14-year-old Gus Kellogg, who plays dual roles as Second Merchant and the Officer, are in the production. Also performing are Westerly native Aimee Blanchette in the role of Adriana; Westerly resident Brian Olsen as Angelo the Goldsmith, and Westerly resident Mark Sullivan who plays the role of a citizen. Patrick Goodnow plays Aemilia the Abbess; Danielle McGuire is Luciana; Malcolm Cameron is Aegeon; Michael Hinton is Antipholus of Syracuse; Eric Michaelian is Antipholus of Ephesus; Brandon Tyler, Dromio of Syracuse; Avery Moody, Dromio of Ephesus; Fergus Milton, Bill Steinmayer plays both Duke Solinus and Balthazar, Sharon Marr both Courtezan and First Merchant and Phi Kasem-Beg both Luce and Pinch.
“The Comedy of Errors” will also have a special performance at the Mystic Seaport Museum on Aug. 10 and a run in the Connecticut College Arboretum, 270 Mohegan Ave, New London, Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 15 to 25. Tickets in the arboretum are $20 general admission, $15 students, seniors and active military. The performance begins at 7 p.m., with tickets sold at the performance area entrance.
For more information, visit flocktheatre.org.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro