Press Release for Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Aquila Theatre Company Brings Unique Staging of Comedy of Errors to UNF Fine Arts Center



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Carl Holman
Marketing Director
UNF Fine Arts Center
(904) 620-1921, c.holman@unf.edu

Shakespeare Bazaar:
Aquila Theatre Company Brings Unique Staging of Comedy of Errors to UNF Fine Arts Center

(Jacksonville, FL) – Coming to the UNF Fine Arts Center on February 6th at 7:30 p.m., The Aquila Theatre Company’s Comedy of Errors returns in a sensational new revival, celebrating ten years since it first toured the United States. Their imaginative and exuberant production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy is a “must-see” for newcomers to Shakespeare and Bard enthusiasts alike. Aquila’s smash hit played extended engagements in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and, Europe.
The Comedy of Errors is one of Shakespeare’s most vibrant and sparkling comedies. The shrewd and inventive plot relates an intricate and energetic story of two pairs of identical twins in the same household separated by a devastating shipwreck. But as this delightful comedy unfolds, all is not what it seems. Shakespeare’s remarkable staging propels a glorious, farcical romp set in the sumptuous surroundings of the ancient city of Ephesus. Brilliant comedy abounds in this witty tale of mistaken identity, assumed personas, hilarious machinations and whimsical family ties. Shakespeare expertly weaves these boisterously entertaining strands together allowing his audience to stay one step ahead of his characters and laugh heartily at the outrageous results.
The Aquila Theatre Company has won international praise for their innovative presentations of classical drama. Aquila’s unique and ingenious staging of classical comedy have received both prestigious international prizes and high praise from audiences, critics and scholars. Aquila has represented the National Endowment of the Arts at the White House performing Shakespeare for the President and First Lady and in the summer of 2007, made their Edinburgh Festival debut. The New York Times wrote of Aquila's brilliant Comedy of Errors: "No one who sees the rousing production by the excellent Aquila Theater Company will forget a whit of it."
Utilizing the skills of the Aquila Theatre Company's unique British/American ensemble, Aquila will present The Comedy of Errors with passion, vigor and skill. With an amazing visual production, clever movement, superb costumes, brilliant lighting and a specially commissioned musical score, the Aquila Theatre Company's wonderful Comedy of Errors will once again prove to be an unforgettable theatrical experience.
Tickets and Information:
Individual tickets are $35, $30, and $25 for the general public and $10 for students. Additional discounts apply on select shows when purchasing for either 3 or 6 performances. For complete information about any shows or to purchase single tickets, visit www.unf.edu/fineartscenter or call the UNF Ticket Box Office at (904) 620-2878. Patrons can visit the Box Office in person at the University of North Florida, Building 45, Room 1400, 1 UNF Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32224. Hours are 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 90 minutes prior to show time.

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About The University of North Florida Fine Arts Center
Established in 2001, The University of Florida Fine Arts Center has built a rich tradition of showcasing an eclectic series of world-class performers, commercial entertainers, ethnic music and dance, cutting edge performances, and children’s programming as well as the premiere of new works to support upcoming artists. The Center’s goal is to enhance the academic programs of the University and to complement the cultural offerings within Jacksonville, building new audiences, and contributing to the quality of life and economic development of the city.

About The Aquila Theatre Company
The Aquila Theatre Company was founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck and has been based in New York City since 1999. Aquila's mission is to bring the greatest theatrical works to the greatest number. Aquila presents a regular season of plays in New York, at international festivals, and tours to approximately seventy American towns and cities a year. Aquila also provides access to excellent theatre for people in under-served rural and inner city communities. The Aquila performance approach is a technique developed by Peter Meineck that combines text and physical action based in a theory of theatrical unity. The technique is aimed to create an aesthetic environment where the performer can create and recreate a role in a consistently changing theatrical atmosphere.