Do Kill the Messenger
Guest performers bring cameo cutups to 'The Comedy of Errors'
Now, director David Yeakle is trying something similar with Tongue and Groove Theatre's production of The Comedy of Errors, opening at the Vortex this weekend. There's a messenger who shows up late in the play to deliver all of 15 lines that heighten the confusion over the play's two sets of identical twins. Well, each night that role will be filled by a different guest performer, who, in Yeakle's concept, will literally stop the show. Yours truly will be the sacrificial lamb on opening night, June 11, after which a number of otherwise dignified individuals will hurl themselves into this Shakespearean fray. Here's the lineup, so you may choose your performance carefully. For tickets, call 478-LAVA.
June 12: Guy Roberts, artistic director of Austin Shakespeare Festival
June 17: Jason Neulander, artistic director of Salvage Vanguard Theater
June 18: Zell Miller III, poet and actor
June 19: Shannon McCormick, actor and host of No Shame Theatre
June 20: Brendon Walsh, officially the Funniest Person in Austin
June 24: Latifah Taormina, executive director of Austin Circle of Theaters
June 25: Dan Dietz, playwright and artistic director of Austin Script Works
June 26: Michael Stuart, actor and artistic director of Onstage Theatre Company