The Mended Wing Theatre Company will bring Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” to Ocracoke for a free public performance at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum, 49 Water Plant Rd.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seats to this free, 50-minute performance. The company will also perform the play that day for Ocracoke School students.
The company, co-founded in 2017 by islander Emmet Temple, is composed of recent graduates and current UNC School of the Arts BFA students and is dedicated to bringing Shakespeare to all in public parks and schools across North Carolina.
“The Comedy of Errors,” Shakespeare’s off-the-wall farce, will feature six young actors in multiple roles under the direction of UNCSA alum Temple.
“After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are thrilled that Mended Wing will be back in our home state of North Carolina for our fifth season,” said Temple, who is production manager for the tour. “When kids are exposed to Shakespeare the way that his plays were meant to be experienced – as live performance – they not only understand that specific play and Shakespeare’s language better, but they are also given a key into a whole set of other cultural references that stem from Shakespeare’s lasting influence on our culture.”
The Ocracoke performance caps the company’s May tour around the state.
In this much-loved comedy set in the Greek seaport of Ephesus, Antipholus and Dromio of Syracuse arrive having no idea that their long-lost twins are already well known by everyone in town.
As the number of mistaken identities increases, accusations of insanity, infidelity and even demonic possession are thrown around. Will the two sets of twins ever meet face to face? Will they ruin each other’s reputations first? Will anything ever be the same in Ephesus again?
Prior to their final stop on Ocracoke, the company will perform at several locations around the state and on the Outer Banks.
Mended Wing’s mission is to bring affordable and interactive Shakespeare performances to public schools and public parks across the southeastern United States.