http://www.shakespeareexchange.org/.New York Shakespeare Exchange is pleased to announce their next concert reading series, APOCRYPHA NOW!featuring concert readings of the Elizabethan comedies MUCEDORUS and A COMEDY OF ERRORS, followed by a discussion with the cast, creative team and Shakespeare scholars. Directed by Ross Williams, APOCRYPHA NOW!performs in rep on Sunday, May 15, Monday, May 16, Sunday, May 22 and Monday, May 23. Performances are at Urban Stages(259 West 30th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. Via subway take the 1 to 28th Street; the A, C, E, 2, 3 to 34th Street-Penn Station; and the B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to 34th Street-Herald Square.). The performance schedule is Sundays at 4 PM & 7 PM and Mondays at 7 PM. The regular ticket price is $12for one performance; $20for two performances. For tickets, call Brown Paper Tickets on 1-800-838-3006 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, visit
The show schedule is as follows:
MUCEDORUS plays on Sunday, May 15 at 4 PM, Monday, May 16 at 7 PM and Sunday, May 22 at 7 PM / A COMEDY OF ERRORS plays on Sunday, May 15 at 7 PM, Sunday, May 22 at 4 PM and Monday, May 23 at 7 PM.
New York Shakespeare Exchange continues their popular concert reading series “Two Plays, One Conversation”by pairing the rarely performed MUCEDORUS(in its New York premiere) with Shakespeare's A COMEDY OF ERRORS, both rollicking Elizabethan comedies of mistaken identity.
MUCEDORUS was “discovered” in the library of King Charles II of England in a bound text titled “Shakespeare, Volume I.” Since then, it has been largely disavowed as a real Shakespearean comedy, but some scholars still believe that it may be a very early work by the Bard, potentially from when he was an apprentice. In Elizabethan England, MUCEDORUSwas one of the most frequently performed plays. It was presented in the courts of both Elizabeth I and James I and was published in 17 different editions in its day.
Pairing A COMEDY OF ERRORS, one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies, with MUCEDORUSprovides a unique perspective for both plays. Written in the style of early Roman comedies, both plays are 80 action-packed minutes of physical comedy and slapstick.
Each performance is followed by a talkback with New York scholars discussing what truly defines "Shakespeare" and whether it really matters if a show has you laughing. The talkbacks are always lively, irreverent, funny and ultimately illuminating.