We envision a Delaware where people from all walks of life celebrate and explore their shared humanity through the lens of Shakespearean works.
If you’d like to explore some of the human questions at the center of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, we offer up the following questions to spark conversation on your car ride home or in the days following your attendance at the Festival.
SEARCHING AND CONFUSION
Have you ever gone in search of something? If the search went on for a long time, what did it feel like to be without the thing you were looking for? Were any of the feelings the same as what you saw characters experiencing in the play?
How do you react when you are feeling lost and confused?
What do you think it would feel like to know you have a twin some where in the world, but to have no idea how to find them?
What do you think it would feel like to all of a sudden discover you have a twin?
Shakespeare had fraternal twin children, Judith and Hamnet. He lived apart from them for most of his life, writing in London while they lived in Stratford with his wife. Do you see any way that Shakespeare’s life experience may have worked its way into The Comedy of Errors?
Due partially to the mistaken identities in the play, husband and wife Antipholus of Ephesus and Adriana say some not nice things about each other. Will they still have some things to work out after the action of the play ends, or will the knowledge that it was all just a misunderstanding resolve their conflict harmoniously?
Have you ever had a serious conflict develop with someone because of a misunderstanding? What happened after the misunderstanding was cleared up?
Which character did you feel the most for in the play? Which character did you feel the most in common with?