Shakespeare Napa Valley presents one of William Shakespeare’s earliest works — and perhaps the original screwball comedy — “The Comedy of Errors” from Aug. 15 through Sept. 13.
This year, the troupe will perform one weekend of the popular free performances in Napa’s Veterans Memorial Park, Aug. 15-17 at 7 p.m.
After this, the production moves to the studio theater at Napa Valley College for performances on Aug. 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 8 p.m. Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets for these shows are $20 general and $15 for students, seniors and military.
Jennifer King directs the zany tale of two sets of twins, one set of masters and one of servants, who are separated in a shipwreck as infants and reunited years later but only after comic and baffling mix-ups.
This year’s production stars Tim Kniffin, Nick Joy, Rob Ceballos, Juan Salcito, Phil Ferrero, Jessica Romero, Jessica Loesch, Rafael Manzo, Kevin Rebultan, Gianna Di Gregorio and Loretta Long. Making up the ensemble are Fiorella Garcia, Alex Belmont, Jerome Sadhu, Mark Osten and Elaine Herrick.
Designers and coaches include music director and composer Mark Osten; stage manager Fernando Espinoza; scenic designer Tim Holtslag; costume designer Skipper Skeoch; lighting designer April George and vocal coach Danielle Cain.
After last year’s free productions in the park were jeopardized by state budget cuts, the Napa Valley College Foundation and King launched a fundraising campaign to support the project.
“The outpouring of support in favor of Shakespeare Napa Valley is one that we cherish greatly,” said King.
In addition to public contributions, Joe Galambos, a musician and professor at the Napa Valley College, performed two benefit concerts in April for Shakespeare Napa Valley’s 2013 production.
“I think what Jennifer King has done over the past four years with Shakespeare Napa Valley has been a great gift to the community, and I want to help out however I can,” Galambos said. “I (was) excited to perform in support of keeping Shakespeare alive and free in the Napa Valley.”
For more information or tickets, call 707-256-7500 or visit ShakespeareNapaValley.org.