Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors’ ushers in the holiday season

Illustration depicts two mirrored men, one with a baby blue suit and one with a pink suit and top hats on a beach in front of palm trees and colorful beach condos.

By Miguel Gastellum

Fresno State’s University Theatre will present William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” directed by Brad Myers. 

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-3 and  6–10 and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 at the John Wright Theatre on campus. Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for Fresno State faculty, staff, alumni and military and $10 for all students. 

“The Comedy of Errors” tells the story of two sets of identical twins accidentally separated at birth. Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio of Syracuse, arrive in Ephesus, which turns out to be the home of their twin brothers, Antipholus of Ephesus and his servant, Dromio of Ephesus. When the Syracusans encounter the friends and families of their twins, a series of wild mishaps based on mistaken identities lead to wrongful beatings, a near-seduction, the arrest of Antipholus of Ephesus, and false accusations of infidelity, theft, madness, and demonic possession.

“In both Shakespeare’s time and today, baffling human behavior is often attributed to madness or the supernatural,” says director Brad Myers. “And the befuddling lunacy in ‘The Comedy of Errors’ appears to intensify with each incident of mistaken identity. This production invites the audience to travel in space and time to Ephesus, a city much like Miami in the 1930s. This emerging new playland provides a perfect background for the play, with its frolicsome beaches, multi-cultural exoticism, proper family homes, houses of ill-repute, a burgeoning Mafia underworld, and the holy church- all of which we hope will titillate both the sinner and the saint in each of us.”

The cast includes Kenya Cabrera, Kayla Collins, Nico Diviccaro, Nicole Falcouner, Dylan Harrell, Grant Hill, Tracy Hostmyer, Randall Kohlruss, Marikah Christine Leal, Ethan Magill, Haley McNeely, Dillon Morgan, Tyler Murphy, Madeline Nelson, Luke Nothstein, Austin Osuna, Tiwat Leo Ratanasamlee, Jonathan Rodriguez-Escamilla, Jared C. Serpa, and Raul Vasquez. 

Fresno State no longer requires masks to be worn indoors, but based on updated guidance from public health experts, the University highly recommends that all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of vaccination status, wear a surgical grade or KN95 mask indoors. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain. Latecomers will not be permitted, and there are no refunds or exchanges. The box office is open from noon to 4 p.m. on weekdays and one hour before each performance, and it accepts cash, check, or credit card payments.

The production is intended only for mature audiences. Children under 12 are not permitted. Parking is free for shows on Friday through Sunday night. For shows on Tuesday through Thursday night, parking permits are required and can be purchased at dispensers in parking lots on campus.
For more information, contact the box office at 559.278.2216 or

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