CURTAIN THEATRE, MILL VALLEY, CALIFORNIA

PRESS RELEASE 2009 - Extension!

CURTAIN THEATRE presents:

“A Hot Day in Ephesus”
An original musical by Victoria Siegel
(based on Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors”)
Directed by Patricia Inabnet

ONE MATINEE EXTENSION AT 142 Throckmorton Theatre, SUNDAY, SEPT. 27 (ticketed - $10) Curtain Theatre Mounts World Premiere of “A Hot Day in Ephesus”

Tale of Mistaken Identity Told in Song, Dance

MILL VALLEY, Calif.—The Curtain Theatre, Mill Valley’s own company of Shakespeare players, has chosen Victoria Siegel’s original musical “A Hot Day In Ephesus” for its tenth summer production in Old Mill Park. After a successful run in Old Mill Park, the company is moving indoors for a special one-day extension at the 142 Throckmorton Theatre on Sunday, September 27 at 2pm. Tickets are $10.

Based on William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” the play retells the bard’s tale of two sets of identical twins--both with the same name--who are separated at sea and reunited many years later in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus. Antipholus and his servant Dromio come from Syracuse to seek their long-lost siblings, and are quickly mistaken for them. The madcap antics that ensue are a formula that has engaged audiences for centuries.

The upbeat action is also a perfect foundation for a musical. Siegel, a long-time Curtain board member and actor, was inspired to take up the challenge after taking her young son to a dour production of “Errors” in San Francisco more than a decade ago. “It did not convey the humor,” she recalls. She was also determined to infuse the songs with more story-telling, and a bit more social consciousness, than the venerable musical “The Boys from Syracuse” that is also based on “Errors.”

Siegel, who was steeped in summer stock theater as a teenager in the suburbs of Chicago, has devised catchy songs with clever lyrics. “In the meantime since we don’t know things Mendelian,” one character sings, trying to explain the baffling arrival of multiple dopelgangers, “we will seek an answer more Mephistophelian!” Supporting the singers is a four-piece band led by Don Clark, the Curtain’s musical director, who also lent a hand in scoring.

The production is directed by Patricia Inabnet, a veteran of the Bay Area theatre scene who recently directed Oscar Wilde’s “Lady Windemere’s Fan” at Masquer’s Playhouse in Point Richmond. This year’s production also features the return of Mill Valley artist Steve Coleman, whose magical set designs exploit the natural beauty of the Curtain’s unique ampitheatre in the redwoods. The costumes are designed by Maria Graham, who recently clothed the cast for a production by Donald Pippin’s Pocket Opera.

The Curtain Theatre is dedicated to putting on the world’s best plays in one of the Bay Area’s most beautiful settings. Its outdoor productions in Old Mill Park are designed to appeal to all ages, and first-time viewers as well as Shakespeare buffs. The shows make heavy use of traditional and original music, on instruments that include fiddle, concertina, flute, guitar, mandolin and piano.

Cast: Karina Arrambide, Steve Beecroft, John Burke, Cameron Clark, Georgie Craig, Michele Delattre, Jacqui Frankle, James Frankle, Brian M. Hansen, Janette Higuera, Keith Jefferds, Emily Ludlow, Bethany Regan, Stanley Spenger, Victoria Siegel, Phillip Swanson.

Choreography: Steve Beecroft, Patricia Inabnet, Bethany Regan

Musicians: Don Clark, Michele Delattre, Alice Montgomery, Steve Capper (Thanks to Cameron Clark and Brian Hansen for “Recap Rap”).

Further information and downloadable photos at curtaintheatre.org

Contact: Pat Meier-Johnson (publicity): 415 389-1700
Patricia Inabnet (director): 818-679-9586
Victoria Siegel (playwright): 510-499-4343