Traveling Players Perform Family Plays at Tysons Corner Center All Summer

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This summer, traveling gamers will bring family pieces to Tysons Corner Center, both outside in the Plaza and inside their studio. Tickets are on sale now to the general public.

comedy of errors

by William Shakespeare

Tour from July 28 to August 3

August 3 – 7 p.m. at Tysons Corner Center Plaza

Recommended for ages 8 and up; Duration: 2 hours, plus a 15 minute intermission

Tickets – Free

Twenty years ago, two sets of identical twins separated during a major storm. Now they are on a mission to reunite! But they must act quickly or their father will be executed for a heinous crime – being from Syracuse! Chaos abounds as the two sets of twins dodge mistaken identities, heavy-handed women and the forces of law in Shakespeare’s ridiculous four-way identity crisis!

Comedy of Errors will be performed by the company’s most advanced students in the Shakespeare Troupe. This unique program in the country offers high school students the opportunity to perform as part of a professional tour. The actors spend five weeks in rehearsal before embarking on a week-long tour. Past tour locations have included the Lime Kiln Theatre, Shenandoah National Park, Colonial Williamsburg and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. The full list of Comedy of Errors tours will be available on the Traveling Players website in the coming weeks.

Heracles!

A world premiere by Judith Walsh White

July 9 & 29 – 11 a.m. at Traveling Players Studio

Recommended for ages 6 and up; Duration: 35 minutes

Tickets – $15

Heracles, a demigod hero, commits a terrible crime under a spell cast by the goddess Hera. His penance requires the completion of 12 incredibly difficult labors, under the command of vengeful Hera and her cowardly partner in crime, Eurystheus. Heracles shows us that with a little hard work, good can defeat evil and clumsy children can become the greatest heroes of all time!

This play was commissioned by Traveling Players to give young actors literature worthy of their skill and imagination. It is written by former Holton-Arms teacher and award-winning local poet and playwright Judith Walsh White. The piece features an original score composed by Nathan Sherwood Liang.

A 3-piece festival

July 14 and August 4 at Tysons Corner Center Plaza

Tickets – Free

4 p.m. – Molière’s Sganaralle

Recommended for ages 6 and up; Duration: 45 minutes

A misplaced locket and an unexpected fainting lead to a hilarious mix of mistaken identities, misunderstandings and imaginary betrayals that could ruin two relationships! Will the young lovers be reunited? Will the husband and wife purify the air? Maybe, but not without a duel or two.

5 p.m. – The King’s Deer by Carlo Gozzi

Recommended for ages 6 and up; Duration: 45 minutes

A naive king’s search for love ends in disaster when his evil prime minister takes advantage of a magical gift to turn the king into a stag! Now Angela, the King’s bride, must team up with cunning servants, a cowardly soldier and a talking parrot to save her love and the Kingdom!

7 p.m. – Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare

Recommended for ages 8 and up; Duration: 75 minutes

When Valentine and Proteus traveled to Milan to expand their horizons, they didn’t expect to fall in love with the same woman. Now, beautiful Sylvia must deal with the two young admirers, her father’s disapproval of them, and Proteus’ former girlfriend – who has shown up, disguised as a man, of course!

In case of bad weather, Comedy of Errors and the Festival of 3 Plays will move inside the Traveling Players Studio. Spectators can choose to pre-purchase “rain insurance tickets” which will guarantee admission to performances. All tickets are $15. Wearing a mask is compulsory to attend indoor performances. For more information, visit travelingplayers.org/performances

Auditions began in December for plays that will be performed by students in grades 4 through 12 enrolled in the theater company’s night camps and advanced conservatories. During the summer, students live and rehearse at the Freedom Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Rehearsal periods range from 2 weeks for elementary-age actors in Heracles!, to 3 weeks for middle and high school students performing in Sgnanarelle, King Stag, and Two Gentlemen of Verona, and up to 6 weeks for students performing in Comedy of Errors. The student actors featured in the plays receive professional training and direction, appropriate to their age and experience.

Traveling Players Artistic Director Jeanne E. Harrison will direct and choreograph Comedy of Errors and guide the staging of the other plays. Harrison won the 2016 Strauss Prize from ArtsFairfax for his integration of classical theater and physical theatre. An educator with over 30 years of experience, she has taught theater at the Folger Shakespeare Library, John Moores University (England), University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Catholic University, the Chapin School and the Interlochen School for the Arts. She was a visiting artist at Loyola University in Baltimore.

Young actors interested in training and performing with the company can audition for plays this summer. High school students (currently grades 8-12) interested in technical theater can apply to train alongside the professional designers and technicians who will create the five sets and more than 140 costumes used throughout the summer.

DC veteran fight choreographer Casey Kaleba will direct the fight in Comedy of Errors. Kaleba has worked with Traveling Players since 2006 and has served as a fight director for over 200 academic and professional productions including the Folger Theatre, Signature Theater and Olney Theater Center.

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