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Kirkwood's spring play

Students perform ancient dramatic comedy

By Tyler Hill, Joseph Wlosinski, Amanda Enos
On April 6, 2016

  Kirkwood Community College Performing Arts is preparing to perform the play “The Brothers Menaechmus”.

The production is a play of antiquity, by the playwright Plautus, and dates back to the ancient Romans. The play is about two twin brothers. They were separated at the beginning of their life, then later in life one of those brothers sets off on a quest to reunite with his long lost sibling with the help of a slave. For those familiar with Shakespeare,that loosely described plot might sound a lot like The Comedy of Errors.

According to the stage manager, Emma Elzinga, it has been well modernized and should be easily recepted despite the play’s age. “This play is just kind of funny and silly. It doesn’t really have any spiritual connection but people will definitely be able to understand it,” Elzinga said. The play will be performed in the Ballantyne Auditorium on April 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 10 at 2:30 p.m.

Despite being such an ancient play, it still is expected to be a production that will resonate with audiences. According to Chris Hanian, lead actor who plays Meceneo,  “[it resonates] pretty easily I would say, there is a lot of low-brow humor and talking about sluts, and even puns. It can be enjoyed by almost all audiences.”

Hanian added, “We’re developing huge characters really early on.” The play is currently in the pre-stage phase, with the actors working on learning their lines and trying to get centered around their characters. They are now working at adding actions to their lines. 


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