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Figureheads and Flock Theatre’s Comedy of Errors
August 10, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mystic Seaport Museum, 75 Greenmanville Ave
Mystic, CT 06355 United States
Senior curator Fred Calabretta will give a pre-show talk about the Museum’s dramatic collection of figureheads and ships’ carvings. The most romantic and mysterious of all artifacts from the Age of Sail, these figureheads, billetheads, and catheads also demonstrate the extraordinary skill of their craftsmen. In ancient times, figureheads frequently depicted supernatural beasts and deities adopted from popular mythology. This tradition persisted into the 19th century, when patriotic figures and national heroes were also introduced. Modern vessels, for the most part, carry little if any decorative carving, as hull design and traditions have changed.
After the lecure, Flock Theatre will preform William Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. One of Shakespeare’s early plays, it is his shortest and one of his most farcical comedies, with a major part of the humor coming from slapstick and mistaken identity, in addition to puns and word play. Based in New London, and the resident theater company at Mitchell College, Flock Theatre is one of the most adventurous classical theater companies in New England. Working with the timeless words of Shakespeare, Moliere, Sophocles, and more modern classics, Flock Theatre is dedicated to creating original, collaborative, and educational theater.