Optimist Theatre: The Comedy of Errors

Live At Peck


Optimist Theatre: Shakespeare in the Park!
It's the 10th anniversary season of free Shakespeare in the Park! Join the fun with William Shakespeare's masterful and riotous The Comedy of Errors.

The Comedy of Errors is a fast-paced farce of mistaken twins. It's one of Shakespeare's shortest plays and features some of his most accessible language.

Optimist Theatre's production is sure to make you laugh out loud.

More information at: www.optimisttheatre.org

Live at Peck Pavilion is a series that brings action outside to the beautiful Peck Pavilion alongside the Milwaukee River on the Marcus Performing Arts Center grounds.

The focus of the series is to bring activity to the outdoor spaces of the Marcus Center grounds with performances that are engaging, intriguing and world-class.

Sazama's River’s Edge Patio will be open for all performances with food and beverages available for purchase from Sazama’s Fine Catering.

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Cast & Creative


James Pickering


Ron Scot Fry and ML Cogar
ML Cogar​
Stage Manager
Veronica Zahn
Artistic Director
Ron Scot Fry
Colin Gawronski
Manager and Lighting Designer
Colin Gawronski
Sound Designer
​David Greenberg
Props Designer
Tania Taylor
Is there food?


Enjoy concessions by Sazama's Fine Catering

You are also welcome to bring a picnic. There are ample picnic benches for your dining pleasure! Click here to check out the River's Edge Patio menu!

No carry-in alcoholic beverages. Sazama's does provide a full cash bar.

The Story of The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors
Egeon, a merchant of Syracuse, is condemned to death in Ephesus for violating the ban against travel between the two rival cities. As he is led to his execution, he tells the Ephesian Duke, Solinus, that he has come to Syracuse in search of his wife and one of his twin sons, who were separated from him 25 years ago in a shipwreck. The other twin, who grew up with Egeon, is also traveling the world in search of the missing half of their family. (The twins, we learn, are identical, and each has an identical twin slave named Dromio.) The Duke is so moved by this story that he grants Egeon a day to raise the thousand-mark ransom that would be necessary to save his life.

Meanwhile, unknown to Egeon, his son Antipholus of Syracuse (and Antipholus' slave Dromio) is also visiting Ephesus--where Antipholus' missing twin, known as Antipholus of Ephesus, is a prosperous citizen of the city. Adriana, Antipholus of Ephesus' wife, mistakes Antipholus of Syracuse for her husband and drags him home for dinner, leaving Dromio of Syracuse to stand guard at the door and admit no one. Shortly thereafter, Antipholus of Ephesus (with his slave Dromio of Ephesus) returns home and is refused entry to his own house. Meanwhile, Antipholus of Syracuse has fallen in love with Luciana, Adriana's sister, who is appalled at the behavior of the man she thinks is her brother-in-law.

The confusion increases when a gold chain ordered by the Ephesian Antipholus is given to Antipholus of Syracuse. Antipholus of Ephesus refuses to pay for the chain (unsurprisingly, since he never received it) and is arrested for debt. His wife, seeing his strange behavior, decides he has gone mad and orders him bound and held in a cellar room. Meanwhile, Antipholus of Syracuse and his slave decide to flee the city, which they believe to be enchanted, as soon as possible--only to be menaced by Adriana and the debt officer. They seek refuge in a nearby abbey.

Adriana now begs the Duke to intervene and remove her "husband" from the abbey into her custody. Her real husband, meanwhile, has broken loose and now comes to the Duke and levels charges against his wife. The situation is finally resolved by the Abbess, Emilia, who brings out the set of twins and reveals herself to be Egeon's long-lost wife. Antipholus of Ephesus reconciles with Adriana; Egeon is pardoned by the Duke and reunited with his spouse; Antipholus of Syracuse resumes his romantic pursuit of Luciana, and all ends happily with the two Dromios embracing.

Thank You!

Everyone is invited to attend for FREE through a partnership with the Marcus Performing Arts Center  Live@Peck, generous help from...

  •     Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund
  •     Gerda A. Debelak Fund via the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
  •     Milwaukee Arts Board
  •     ​Molitor Foundation
  •     CAMPAC
  •     Wisconsin Arts Board
  •     and more

It's also made possible by the hundreds of individuals who have donated so that the Greater Milwaukee area can enjoy this fantastic theater experience.


Seating is first come, first served and plenty of ushers are there to help. Two hours before the play begins, they will let a few people in at a time to select seats. Bring a blanket, cushion, sweater or sign to leave on your chair(s). People will sometimes arrive up to 3 hours before the show starts and wait in line, especially on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Approximately 30 minutes before the show starts, ushers will remove barriers and you'll be welcome to sit in the seats you've selected. If you didn't come earlier to pick your seats, we recommend you arrive no later than 30 minutes before the show.
Friday and Saturday nights do fill up, so if you anticipate arriving closer to show time, you might plan to bring a lawn chair. This will be especially true for closing weekend.
Note: the seating space is covered, but seats along the edges may still be exposed in the event of rain -- if the forecast is for precipitation, bring a poncho or rain jacket.

This show's performances are over.

Show Dates

Start: Jun. 26, 2019

End: Jul. 13, 2019


Peck Pavilion
929 N Water St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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