Williamstown Offers Free Outdoor Performances of The Comedy of Errors

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The Williamstown Theatre Festival's free Shakespeare production of The Comedy of Errors, featuring members of Williamstown's apprentice program, begins performances July 12 outdoors.

Johanna McKeon directs the production that will run through July 22 at Poker Flats Field.

Williamstown artistic director Jenny Gersten, who previously produced several Shakespeare in the Park productions for the Public Theater, has reinstated outdoor performances of free productions at Williamstown.

"The free theatre… is actually a long tradition at Williamstown," Gersten told Playbill.com. "It has been inside for the past six years on the main stage, but when I was here [as associate producer] we used to do it outside. I always loved that. So when I got the job [as artistic director], the first thing I said was that free theatre is going to be outside. I wanted to bring it back to something classic and known, and for both kids and grownups. It's what we do in Williamstown and what Joe [Papp] initially did in [Central Park], is bringing everyone together to have that real sort of communal experience."

The cast of Comedy of Errors includes Chris Bannow as Dromio of Syracus, Jon Bass as Dromio of Ephesus, Sophie Bell as Market Vendor, Quentin Brown as Second Merchant, Greg Coughlin as Antipholus of Syracuse, Josephine Ganner as Courtesan, Kate Hopkins as Luce, Gabby Hornig as First Mercahnt, Katherine Kerrick as Emilia, Gabriel King as Antipholus of Ephesus, Patrick Madden as Balthasar, Nicola Martin as Messenger, Molly McAdoo as Market Vendor, Alex Mickiewicz as Solinus, Jake Pitkow as Dr. Pinch, Max Reinhardsen as Market Vendor, Danielle Thorpe as Adriana, Gerrit Thurston as Egeon, Michael Wieser as Angelo, Jim Wilner as Officer and Ariel Woodiwiss as Luciana.

Designing the production are Ryan Grossheim (set design), Christopher Metzger (costume design), Wilburn Bonnell (lighting design), and Leo A. Martin (sound design) with original music by Steven Lighty. The Comedy of Errors is performed on Poker Flats Field (45 Stetson Road) in Williamstown.

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