Comedy of Errors | Directed by Paul Ford
It could be argued that Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors has no socially redeeming value. A very young William Shakespeare cobbled together his own take on several ancient Roman comedies – zapped it with a modern sensibility – wrote in better jokes – added more plot twists – and included a dash of his growing romantic brilliance – and voilà.
It's all that and it is more.
It is filled with mad-dash playful action interrupted by stand-up routines – mistaken identities and their hilarious consequences – melodramatic longing and joyous reunions.
At its heart, is a play about the exuberance of youth.
The Comedy of Errors does not shed new light on the human condition or plumb the depths of the human psyche. It throws a brilliant and playful spotlight on the simple follies of humble humans.
It is a play about us.
How nice of Shakespeare to send us this giggling love letter 400 years ago. He knew we would open it with glee.
William Berg - Dromio of Syracuse
Bill is excited and grateful to be returning to the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival stage this year in the super-fun-to-perform-in (and hopefully super fun to watch) production of Comedy of Errors. New to New Mexico, Bill was seen last year as the Duke of Albany in the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival's production of King Lear, as well as in Grease as Vince Fontaine and in A Murder is Announced as Edmund Swettenham, both at the Albuquerque Little Theatre. Other highlights include a long run on the New York City improv scene, both with Gotham City Improv and also with independent improvisational theater companies, The Red Tie Mafia, and the Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble, at which he was also a director and show creator. Many thanks to the friendly and talented Albuquerque theater community and to Bill's friends and family.
Meghan Bode - Adriana
Ed Chavez - Dromio of Ephesus
Ed is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. Previous appearances with The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival / Shakespeare On The Plaza include: Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Feste in Twelfth Night. Throughout his career he has played Albert Einstein, Captain Hook, Jack The Ripper, Bob Cratchit, and The Moon, among many others. Ed thanks his amazing Mom, and the Love of his Life, Yolanda.
Graydon Clarke - Angelo
Graydon graduated from the University of New Mexico with an MBA in International Management. He works with his brother and his mother, buying and flipping houses, but that hasn't stopped him from developing a passion for acting. He began his acting career as Prince Fortinbras in Hamlet (The Vortex Theatre) in the 2021 NM Shakespeare Festival. Other rolls he has done include Rudi Scherz in A Murder is Announced (Albuquerque Little Theatre) and the King of France/ensemble in King Lear (2022 NM Shakespeare Festival). He’s very excited and honored to be back for his third year with the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival and to be doing so in his first comedic role!
Rod Etmer - Jailer
A resident of Rio Rancho, Rod has been with The Rio Rancho Community Players since its first production of Our Town three years ago and was in their first production Airport Encounters which ended on April 30th. He took part in The Vortex Theatre’s first production since COVID of Fable Factory. While in Colorado, Rod was part of an improv group in the late 90's. He is excited to be part of New Mexico Shakespeare Festival production of Comedy of Error
Holly Deuel Gilster (Balthazar, Foley Director)
Holly has been acting with The Vortex Theatre on and off since the eighties. She has worked with the Summer Shakespeare festival as an actor and choreographer, and now is excited to bring her professional skills as Foley Director. Holly is the music teacher at the Albuquerque School of Excellence.
Levi Gore - Luce
Jonathan Graff - Antipholus of Ephesus
Jonathan began performing professionally in his early 20’s, singing with the L.A. Philharmonic Master Chorale and San Francisco Opera before joining the productions and touring companies of Les Misérables, Cabaret, Fiddler on the Roof, Barnum, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Damn Yankees and Camelot, among others. A featured performer at musical Hall/Variety shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Jonathan was also a company member at the legendary Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum for several years performing Shakespeare, Sophocles and Moliere alongside modern plays in repertory and toured with various productions and troupes throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and the UK. Jonathan moved to Albuquerque from California in 2020, and is very happy to call New Mexico home. Comedy of Errors is his 16th Shakespeare production, and while he’s enjoyed playing minstrels, soldiers, servants and princes (sometimes all in the same play) his favorites are Iago in Othello, Antony in Julius Caesar, Claudius in Hamlet, Feste in Twelfth Night, Launce in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Jacques in last year’s New Mexico Shakespeare Festival’s production of As You Like It.
Patrick Hale - First Merchant
Patrick is very excited to make his Southwest stage debut with the New M Shakespeare Festival! Patrick has a BA in Theatre Performance from the University of Northern Iowa and was last seen on the stage in the 2019 summer season of Theater Under the Stars in Chelan, Washington. Other notable roles include Heathers the Musical (Hipster Dork/Ensemble) at Theatre Cedar Rapids, and She Kills Monsters (Orcus) and Into the Woods (Jack) at TheatreUNI. Patrick wants to thank his friends & family for their love and support! Patrick can be found on all social media platforms @ThePWhale.
Caedmon Holland - Antipholus of Ephesus
Caedmon is excited to once again take part in the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival. Since 2019, he has been involved in the Festival, his most recent being the Assistant Stage Manager for last year's production of As You Like It. He is looking forward to performing again under a wonderful director and alongside an excellent cast.
Laura J. Hosek - Luciana
Aodan Luthazar - Doctor Pinch
Aodán is thrilled to be working with New Mexico Shakespeare Festival for this production of Comedy of Errors. Most recently, he served as Stage Manager for April in Paris (West End Productions), and as the Assistant Stage Manager for The Yellow Boat (The Vortex Theatre). Before that, he got a taste of Shakespearean acting while performing in The Dresser (West End Productions). His other stage credits include The Winter Tales (The Vortex Theatre), You Have the Right to Remain Dead (Española's Main Street Theater) and Quixote. Aodan would like to thank Paul, Donna, Toccoa, and Kate as well as the entire production team and cast of Comedy of Errors. Many thanks also to you all for coming to enjoy the show.
Elliott Mayer - Solinus, Duke of Ephesus
Elliott is new to the Albuquerque acting scene having come from Los Angeles/New York City, and is pleased to be making his Albuquerque debut as part of the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival’s production of Comedy of Errors. Selective Shakespearean role: Shylock- Merchant of Venice; Gloucester- King Lear; Quince - A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Duke Senior/Frederick- As You Like It. Many other theater, TV, Film and Commercials roles. SAG-AFRTA. Website: elliottmayer.net ; IMDB: Elliott Mayer.
Joel Daniel Miller - Aegeon
Joel has been performing on various Albuquerque stages for nearly twenty years, including roles at Actors Studio 66, The Vortex Theatre, The Adobe Theater, Albuquerque Little Theater, Landmark Musicals, Aux Dog, The Dolls, Sandia Performing Arts Company, and East Mountain Centre for Theatre, among others. He is happy to be making his fourth appearance in an New Mexico Shakespeare Festival production.
Aleah Montano - Abbess Aemilia
Aleah has been performing with the summer Shakespeare Festival for many years, with notable roles including Titania in Midsummer Night's Dream, Lady Macbeth in the Scottish Play, and Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew. She appeared last summer as Reagan in King Lear. Aleah also has a passion for musical theater and was thrilled to play the iconic role of Betty in White Christmas during Landmark Musical’s 2022 holiday production. Aleah is grateful for the support of her loving husband and children. And thank you to you, for supporting Albuquerque's incredible art scene.
Ludwig Puchmayer - Officer
Ludwig was last seen on the Albuquerque stage as Father in The Yellow Boat (The Vortex Theatre). Prior to that he appeared as Albert Donay in The Dinner Party (The Adobe Theater), Melvin Snodgrass in The Gardening Hotline (Sandia Performing Arts Company), Al in The Philadelphia (The Adobe Theater), Surly Man in Lettice and Lovage (West End Productions), Nym in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare on the Plaza 2018), Doctor in A Streetcar Named Desire (The Vortex Theatre), Davison in Mary Stuart The Vortex Theatre), Robbie in Elvis and Eleanor (Aux Dog), in 3 of the 10 minute plays in Electoral Dysfunctions (The Vortex Theatre), Jakob Kerovsky in A Crack in the Wall (The Adobe Theater), and Doctor in Macbeth (The Vortex Theatre).
Abigail Ropp - Courtezan
Abigail moved to Albuquerque after performing in Michigan, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Chicago. She has been lucky enough to work at local venues such as The Vortex Theatre and North Fourth Arts Center, as well as with the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival as Maria in Twelfth Night and as part of the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival’s Educational Outreach Program. If she's not talking your ear off about iambic pentameter or early modern stage conventions, she's probably trying out a new bread recipe, organizing with mutual aid efforts, or wandering Albuquerque with her perfect chihuahua, Maggie.
Rachel Lindsey Thompson - Messenger
Rachel is thrilled to be joining the New Mexico Shakespeare Fest for her first show this year. She is thankful to her encouraging partner, supportive family, and inspiring students for preparing her for this opportunity and hopes you all enjoy the show!