The Coastal Post - September, 1995

"Comedy of Errors"

Shakespeare at the Beach capitalizes on the theater's location—a stone's throw from Stinson Beach—and presents Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors in a modern-day beach setting. Director Jim Dunne is well known for his approach to Shakespeare because he often takes the Bard's work out of his period. "Beach Boys music, rollerblades, bikinis and Shakespeare's humor somehow go together in this show. I know it sounds strange, but it works!" promises Dunne. "The Comedy of Errors is all about fun—it is Shakespeare's broadest farce. There is no philosophical message here. This play is pure entertainment.

Although Dunne has produced and directed at some of the best theaters across the country, including the Old Globe, Julliard and San Francisco's own ACT, and recently retired as the Chairman of the Drama Department of College of Marin, he is probably best known to Bay Area theater patrons as the director of the Mountain Play for the past thirteen years.

This production has also given Dunne a chance to work with one of his former students. Jeffrey Trotter, the artistic director and founder of Shakespeare at the Beach (and a well-remembered student of Dunne's from the 1970s), will be high atop a lifeguard tower, sporting zinc and a Walkman during much of the play. Trotter notes that "Shakespeare can be accessible to everyone. People really haven't changed much in 300 years. Most of what was funny in the 1600s still makes us laugh today."

Shakespeare at the Beach is a 125-seat open air amphitheater located in downtown Stinson Beach. Patrons can order a picnic dinner with their tickets or bring their own food to the theater. Tickets: $15/adults; $12/students. The play runs from September 8 through October 15, Fridays at 7, Saturday and Sundays at 6. For tickets and information, call the box office at 868-9500.