The Comedy of Errors and Richard III

Archive for April, 2017

Auditions for Bard in the Barracks productions to take place April 21 & 23

Open auditions will be held for the Bard in the Barracks productions of William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors and Richard III on April 21st and 23rd at Memorial Hall on the UNB campus. The plays will be performed outdoors (in Barracks Square and Odell Park respectively) and will collectively run from June 22-July 9. (While exact performance dates for each play are still to be determined, The Comedy of Errors is likely to conclude by July 3.) The plays will be directed by Len Falkenstein, and will be rehearsed intensively (mainly evening hours) beginning the week of April 23.

Roles are available for actors of a variety of ages. Auditions will take place from 7:00-9:30 PM on Friday, April 21st and from 1:30-4:00 PM on Sunday, April 23rd, with callbacks from 6:30-8:30 on Monday, April 24. Those auditioning are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the plays beforehand. Auditions will consist of readings from the plays. Prepared monologues may also be performed, but are not required.

To book an audition, please email lfalken@unb.ca, indicating your availability for the audition dates and any preference for date/time. Actors may be cast in one or both plays (if willing) at the discretion of the director, but may indicate a preference of play (if any) when booking their audition.

Anyone interested in auditioning who is unable to attend either of the audition dates, or anyone requesting further information, should contact the director at lfalken@unb.ca or 506 458-7406. Expressions of interest from persons who would like to assist with the productions in a musical or technical/crew capacity are also welcome.


Bard in the Barracks’ Twelfth Season to feature The Comedy of Errors and Richard III, June 22-July 9

Bard in the Barracks is going all out for Canada 150 this summer by mounting our most ambitious season ever! Twos (and threes) will be wild as we will be staging not one but TWO brand new productions of a pair of the Bard’s best-loved works. Together, the plays will span the days leading up to and following Canada Day, running from June 22nd to July 9th, in two different locations, and offering audiences a combination of two vastly different show experiences.

Fans of Shakespearean comedy will have their funny bones tickled by The Comedy of Errors, which will be performed in Barracks Square June 22-29. A high-spirited farce, the play depicts the chaos that results when two pairs of long-separated identical twins unknowingly find themselves in the same city, leading cases of mistaken identity to spiral out of control and threatening dangerous consequences.

Action will then shift to Odell Park for the dark historical tragedy of Richard III, set to run June 30-July 9. The story of the infamous monarch whose skill at treachery and murder propelled him briefly and uneasily to the English throne will be staged in our trademark promenade style, which sees the audience follow the action between different locations in the park. Dark dealings, murderous shrieks, and ghostly apparitions will fill the darkest corners of the forest as you witness the tale of a politician who uses brash charisma and underhanded tactics to overcome long odds and the handicaps of his personal repulsiveness to attain the highest office in the land. Not that anything like that has ever happened recently, right…?

It’s going to be an exciting summer! Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for full details regarding the shows, performance schedules, and ticket sales.

Open auditions for the plays will take place April 21 and 23, with details to be posted here in the next 48 hours.

For more information, email lfalken@unb.ca or phone 506 458-7406.


We’re making a big announcement on Thursday!

If you’ve been wondering what Bard in the Barracks has planned for 2017, we’ve got some exciting news to share with you. Join us live on Twitter at noon on Thursday, April 13, where we’ll be announcing our season and offering some lucky audience members a chance to win some tickets! (You can watch our website and Facebook pages for the news as well.) Spread the word!