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Fall Show: Comedy of Errors
Performances November 5, 6, 9 Commonwealth Auditorium

Next Meeting
October 20th 6:30 PM Washington 301

Upcoming Events
Movie Saturday: October 18th 3 pm
Trivia Night & MilkShakes: October 23rd 7-9 pm
ShakesFEAR (Halloween Party): October 31st

Monologue/Scene Festival
November 15th
Sign up by November 1st

Winter Show Proposals

Due October 29th 11:59 pm
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Friday, October 3, 2014

Comedy of Errors Cast List


Director: Erin McIntyre 



Aegeon:                                 Jeremy Lawrence
Duke Solinus:                         Jason Via
Jailer:                                    Honora Overby
Antipholus of Syracuse:           Henry Hines
Dromio of Syracuse:              Bruno Del Alamo
Antipholus of Ephesus:          Matthew Spears-Heinel
Dromio of Ephesus:                  Max Sorger
Adriana:                            Catherine Strycharz
Luciana:                              Isabel Steven
Angelo:                               Hayley Wenk
Balthazar/2nd Merchant:        Shannon Fineran
Aemilia/Luce:                       Libby Miserendino
Servant/Pinch/1st Merchant:      Abigail Russo
                                                      Courtezan:                          Riley Cruickshank

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall Show Selected

Comedy of Errors

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Directed by Erin McIntyre

Comedy of Errors will be set in a 1920's/30's circus show, utilizing the floor space as the central place of action: the circus ring.  The  circus conceit  (and archetypes such as clowns) will communicate the themes and major elements of the play, especially the mistaken identities and slapstick humor.

Auditions will be Monday and Tuesday (September 22nd-23rd, 8-10 pm) with call-backs on Wednesday the 24th.
Actors should prepare a Shakespearean monologue between 1 and 2 minutes long.
Location: TBD  

*Watch Facebook/Website for updates on place of auditions*


Performance dates: November 5th, 6th, and 9th

Comedy of Errors will have a 14 person cast:

Twin brothers, sons of Egeon and Emilia
Antipholus of Ephesus (M)
Antipholus of Syracuse  (M)

Twin brothers,  each servant to his respective Antipholus
Dromio of Ephesus (M/F)
Dromio of Syracuse (M/F)

Egeon:  An old merchant of Syracuse (M)
Emilia:  Egeon's lost wife/ Luce: kitchen wench/maid to Adriana (F)
Adriana:  wife of Antipholus of Ephesus (F)
Luciana: Adriana's sister (F)
Solinus: Duke of Ephesus (M)
Angelo: A goldsmith (M/F)
Balthazar: a merchant/ 2nd Merchant: to whom Angelo is in debt (M/F)
Courtesan (M/F) 
Servant/ 1st Merchant: friend to Antipholus of Syracuse/ Dr Pinch: a conjuring schoolmaster (M/F)
Jailer/Headsman (M)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Interest Meeting Summary

Dear Shakespeare-ites,

If you couldn't make the Interest Meeting on September 1st, here's what happened.

You met our glorious members and executive board:

President: Jason Via (venerable leader)
VP: Paul Soutter (future usurper of the overseer)
Secretary: Kat Knoerl (sharpest of minds and pens)
Treasurer: Bethany Bennett (benevolent caretaker of needy underlings)
Webmaster/Historian: Isabelle Baucum (procurer of ancient wisdom)
Public Relations: Max Sorger (diplomat extraordinaire)
Social Chair: Zach Hurst (master of revels and debauchery) 

We are a classical theatre company, which means we don't perform Shakespeare exclusively.  For instance, Aristophanes, Euripides, Sophocles are all viable. 

Becoming a Member-
Membership costs $5 in dues. 
Once you're a member, you can propose shows, you can vote, etc- it's buckets of fun. Find Bethany at meetings, give her five bucks, and you will be a member.

***anyone can audition for shows, you do not have to be a member***

Proposing a Show-
It sounds frightening, but it's not that bad. On our website, we have a page devoted to helping people propose shows. If you are a freshman director, you will be assigned an advisor to help you through the logistics of reserving rehearsal spaces and such. If you need help with cutting a script, talk to Jason- he has lots of experience with that. It is definitely a good idea to check out the webpage, it will give you lots of helpful information. 

Keep in mind, if we have done a show in the past 4 years, it is off the table. Check the website for the list (everything from King Lear to now is off the table).

Contact us all the time, any time with questions concerns insights or if you just want to say hi!


Some important dates to keep in mind are as follows:

September 10th is the due date for show proposals

September 15th is the next general meeting where all members vote on the proposed shows

September 13th is our first movie night

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Shakspeare in the Dark Interest Meeting

Interest Meeting!

Welcome to the Tribe

A hearty welcome to all incoming freshman and transfer students from the present SitD-ites! Shakespeare in the Dark (SitD) is a student run performance group committed to staging 3 classical plays a year. Check out previous posts for a look at our former seasons.

If you, dear reader, are new to the Tribe OR have a passion for theater OR think Shakespeare is relevant and exciting OR want to meet the best people in the world OR...


Come out to Shakespeare in the Dark's interest meeting Monday (September 1st) at 6:30 in Washington 301. Meet our officers and club members and hear about what we do, why we do it, and how you can too, dear reader. There will be information, socializing, and food and drinks!

Monday, April 21, 2014

As You Like It (2014)

Author: William Shakespeare
Written: 1599/1600
Genre: Comedy

Performed April 16, 19 in UC Commonwealth Auditorium.

This production was set in the context of the counter cultural movement in the 1960s, regarding sexuality, race, environmentalism, and women's rights. As You Like It included original music set to Shakespeare's lyrics to highlight the importance of music during this period.

Rosalind- Catherine Strycharz
Celia- Isabelle Baucum
Orlando- Max Sorger
Touchstone- Bruno Del Alamo
Jaques- Zach Hurst
Duke Senior/Charles- Shaan Sharma
Duke Frederick- Hilary Adams
Oliver- John Kean
Corin/Lord- Libby Miserendino
Amiens/Oliver Martext- Molly Earner
Silvius/Lord- Alex Watterson
Phoebe/Lord- Leah Beyer
Audrey/Lord- Taylor Schwabe
Adam/ Jaques De Boys- Barclay Sparrow
Le Beau/ William/ Hymen- Meghan Byrnes

Director- Maerna Kauffman
Assistant Director- Ricky Portner
Technical Director- Robin Parrish
Assistant Technical Director- Paul Soutter
Stage Manager- Kat Knoerl
Assistant Stage Managers- Danielle Weber, Bethany Bennett
Costuming- Maddie Dippold
Fight Choreographer-Jason Via
Dance Choreographer- Leah Beyer
Original Music- Nora Jackson, Gabby Steinfeld

Special Thanks- Matt Heffernan, Emma Bresnan, Jordan Leek, Connie Kauffman, Abby Kahler

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Stills from Fassbender's "Macbeth"

Recently released stills from the Weinstein Company's upcoming adaptation of Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. The period of the original play is kept intact. Check em out below.

Cotillard and Fassbender tackle the deadly duo

Michael Fassbender as Macbeth

Monday, April 7, 2014

Updates on Spring Events

SitD powerhouse Taylor Schwabe '15 shines in the Monologue Festival.
We're closing in on the end of the year, but there's still plenty of fun Bard-related activities hurtling your way!

First up, our Spring production of As You Like It. Set in the 60's this bright and energetic cast brings a sparkle to one of the Bard's best and most contemplative comedies.

Those dates are Wednesday the 16th at 8PM and Saturday the 19th at 2PM and 8PM in our usual Commonwealth Auditorium.

I'm told Publicity is coming soon for this, so stay tuned for fun posters and maybe even a trailer!

After that will come the spring Monologue and Scene Festival, which will be Wednesday April 23rd from 5:30 PM to 8 in Andrews 101. Come blow off some steam in the last week of classes with zany and hilarious performances from SitD members. It's our celebration of the Bard's 450th birthday.

We will also be wearing and selling our Season T-shirts, with cool designs from Henry V, Macbeth, and As You Like It. Prices forthcoming.

Our last official movie day of the year was held this weekend, April 5th. We laughed until we cried watching She's the Man, a wonderful modern spin on Twelfth Night.

We also just held elections for our 2014-2015 Executive Officers. Click here to check it out!

Also, as per Constitutional Mandate, the club reviewed the Constitution and approved a new draft. Check it out through the pages on the left. <--

Stay tuned for more news and fun updates from your friendly neighborhood Shakespeare club.