Summer Shakespeare at the University of Notre Dame will open its 2006 season July 16 with the Young Company performing the rollicking playThe Brothers Menaechmusat St. Patricks Park inSouth Bend.Four more performances will follow at various venues in the area.
The play, written by Plautus in 220 B.C., inspired Shakespeare to writeThe Comedy of Errors,which will be performed by Notre Dames professional theatre in residence in August.
The Young Company is comprised of theater students from Notre Dame and Saint Marys College who are mentored by professional actors from the main stage production, and who participate simultaneously in the main stage production and in a show produced specifically for them.
All performances ofThe Brothers Menaechmusare free and open to the public. Dates, times and locations are as follows:
- July 16 (Sunday) at6:30 p.m., St. Patricks Park inSouth Bend
- July 23 (Sunday) at5 p.m.,BattellParkinMishawaka
- July 28 (Friday) at7 p.m.,DeweyCannonParkin Three Oaks,Mich.
- Aug. 5 (Saturday) at7 p.m.,McNaughtonParkinElkhart
- Aug. 21 (Monday) at7 p.m., DeBartolo Performing Arts quadrangle on campus
Presented in an accessible, modern translation,The Brothers Menaechmus,adapted by Richard Prior, a classics professor atFurmanUniversity, is a fast-talking comic tale of mistaken identity that threatens to disrupt an entire town.
A complete schedule of Summer Shakespeare performances is available at: "