The characters of The Comedy of Errors are larger-than-life, and were originally inspired by stock characters of Roman Comedy and Commedia Dell’Arte. In this adaptation of The Comedy of Errors for the radio, I am focusing on a uniquely American twist while remaining true to Shakespeare’s text. We'll create an uninhibited sense of adventure, and a time and place in our American vernacular that would lend itself to slapstick, dizzying comedic plotlines, and non-stop energy. Therefore, Lean & Hungry’s production of The Comedy of Errors is set in the height of the California Gold Rush with Wild West characters. Adriana will be a go-get-em pioneer woman with some Annie Oakley flair. The twins named Antipholus will be impatient and rowdy cowboys, galloping around town with their trusty sidekicks—the twins named Dromio. Evoking the Wild West will also require a rich soundscape, and I am particularly excited about bringing the hustle and bustle of a California boom town to life through sound and live improvised music.
The Wild West setting will be great fun and intriguing for listeners. The familiar archetypes and exciting setting of the Wild West will provide a whimsical journey for the imagination. I hope you will join us for our journey out West!