The Public's Comedy of Errors Begins Off-Broadway Run Tonight

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Following a five-borough tour that kicked off Oct. 9, the Public Theater's Mobile Shakespeare Unit production of The Comedy of Errors begins its New York City run Nov. 1 at the famed Off-Broadway venue. The touring production has presented the Shakespeare classic to audiences who have limited or no access to the arts, including correctional facilities, homeless shelters and other community venues in New York City.
Zuzanna Szadkowski
Zuzanna Szadkowski

The Comedy of Errors is helmed by Center Stage artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. An official opening night is scheduled for Nov. 5, with performances running through Nov. 22. All tickets to the production are priced at $20. 

The complete cast features Matthew Citron, Bernardo Cubria, Flor De Liz Perez, Christina Pumariega, Lucas Caleb Rooney, David Ryan Smith and Zuzanna Szadkowski.

In the Shakespearean farce, a man and his servant arrive in a town, unaware that each has an identical twin already living there. The mix-up causes upset wives, upset creditors and ensuing scandal.

The Comedy of Errors marks the sixth year of the Public's Mobile Shakespeare Unit, part of the theatre's commitment in making the arts accessible to all. "The Mobile Unit is the purest expression of Joe Papp’s vision, that society is better when Shakespeare belongs to everyone," said artistic director Oskar Eustis in an earlier press statement.

"I’ve seen almost 75 community tour performances with the Mobile Unit and never tire of watching audiences who start out skeptical of Shakespeare then erupt in laughter and applause throughout the show," said director of special artistic projects Stephanie Ybarra. "This is what the Mobile Unit was designed to do – offer up all of the joy and wonderment of world-class theater to underserved audiences throughout New York." The production features scenic and costume design by Moria Sine Clinton; music composition by Shane Rettig; movement direction by Christopher Windom; and fight direction by Lisa Kopitsky.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (212) 967-7555, visiting PublicTheater, or in person at the Taub Box Office at 425 Lafayette Street.

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