SU Shakespeare Club to perform interactive play

By Liz Hammond, Digital Media Editor 

The Shakespeare Club will hold its annual end-of-the-year production on April 30 in Degenstein Center Theater at 7:30 p.m.

One thing that sets this production apart from others at Susquehanna is that the audience is able to throw food at the actors, which is a practice from the Elizabethan era.

According to the producer of the show, senior Michael Blaine, the performers will utilize a very minimalistic set and will need assistance remembering their lines throughout the whole show.

Blaine also said that the performance will feature lots of interaction with the crowd, which is where the audience throwing food comes into play.

This year, the Shakespeare Club will be performing “The Comedy of Errors.”

“The Comedy of Errors” is one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays. It tells the story of two sets of identical twins that were separated at birth.

When Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio of Syracuse arrive in Ephesus, it starts a long chain of mistaken identities.

Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant Dromio of Ephesus finally encounter the Syracusans, which leads to a series of wrongful beatings, accusations of infidelity and stealing.

“The Comedy of Errors” is one of Shakespeare’s shortest plays, but also one of his more farcical comedies.

Much of the humor that Shakespeare uses is called “slapstick,” which involves exaggerated physical activity that exceeds the boundaries of normal physical activity.

It is also one of only two plays by him to observe the “Unity of Time,” which is when the action in a play occurs over a period of no more than 24 hours.

According to Blaine, the club began considering possible plays to perform in the fall.

“For the fall semester, we choose about five to seven Shakespeare plays that we will read over the course of the semester and vote on to be the production that we will produce that year,” Blaine said.

“‘The Comedy of Errors’ happened to be the most popular of the plays we picked,” Blaine continued.

Blaine also said that after the play is chosen and cast, ac- tors began studying their roles over the winter break.

“The Shakespeare Club Production holds auditions at the very end of the fall semester, so that those cast have the winter break to begin looking over their parts,” Blaine said.

The Shakespeare Club meets every Tuesday and Thursday from five to six to rehearse.

According to Blaine, the annual end-of-the-year production is what takes up most of their rehearsal time.

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