Previews for the staging, a recreation of the 2002 run in Manhattan, with some new cast members, begin Oct. 14. Opening is Oct. 16. The production was conceived by Peter Meineck and Robert Richmond and directed by Richmond.
Playhouse artistic director Des McAnuff saw the Aquila staging Off-Broadway last year and "came away thinking that Aquila is one of the most dynamic ensembles I'd ever seen," he said in press notes. Comedy is the final show in the 2003 La Jolla season.
Meineck and Richmond's production is billed as "a 1920s Aegean cartoon dream," filled with tents, bazaars and a fez or two. The famed comedy is about two sets of twins reunited — after much confusion — after being separated in a shipwreck.
Aquila is known for its physical and comic opening sequences, and the pantomime shipwreck section at the top of Comedy of Errors (the The in the title has been axed) is a doozy.
The company includes Louis Butelli (as the Dromios), Lisa Carter (Adriana), Heather Murdock (Nell/Courtesan/Emilia), Andrew Schwartz (Duke/Angelo), Lindsay Rae Taylor (Luciana), Alex Webb (Egeon/Balthasar) and Richard Willis (as the Antipholuses). For more information, visit www.lajollaplayhouse.com.
In February 2004, Aquila will present Louis Zorich and Olympia Dukakis in The Agamemnon in Manhattan.