“It’s also a 1980s-themed production with a distinct “Miami Vice” aesthetic in Dipu Gupta’s pink-walled set and in B. Modern’s gaudy costumes and Jessica Carter’s wigs. Elton Bradman’s sound design is replete with ’80s hits and movie themes.” – San Jose Mercury News

“It’s a funny production of a funny play” – San Jose Mercury News

“A decade of ’80s revival, and especially the last few years of Stranger Things fever, have set us up to enjoy this take on The Comedy of Errors. Kudos to whoever put together the soundtrack of era-appropriate songs that float through the show, from Wang Chung to Tears for Fears to Depeche Mode. If, like me, you’re not always a fan of Shakespeare’s goofier comedies, you’ll appreciate how far this cast and crew are willing to go for laughs.” – Good Times

The Comedy of Errors

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Kirsten Brandt

One of Shakespeare’s earliest works, this youthful and exuberant play pairs two sets of identical twins, matching physical comedy with mistaken identity for maximum hilarity.  


Before the Play Begins…

Egeon and his wife are separated in a shipwreck at sea, each carrying one of their identical twin daughters and one of their daughters’ two servants (also identical twins). Egeon, his daughter Antiphola, and her servant Domia end up in Syracuse. Thirty-three years later, however, they unwittingly converge with their long lost family members at Ephesus,a port town at war with Syracuse.
Egeon is captured and led to jail…

Running time: 2 hours with a 15 minute intermission.


2019 Season Playbill


Preview Dates:
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Thursday, July 25, 2019

Opening Date:
Friday, July 26, 2019

Closing Date:
Sunday, September 1, 2019


The Audrey Stanley Grove
Upper DeLaveaga Park
501 Upper Park Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
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KRISTEN BRANDT (The Comedy of Errors) returns to SCS after directing Macbeth (2015) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2014).  Regional directing credits:  Utah Shakespeare Festival, TheatreWorks, Arizona Theatre Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz (The Tempest), San Jose Repertory Theatre (Associate Artistic Director), City Lights Theatre Company, Jewel Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, The Old Globe, San Diego Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, African-American Shakespeare, North Coast Repertory, Sierra Repertory and Diversionary Theatre.  For seven years, she served as Executive Artistic Director of Sledgehammer Theatre, San Diego’s alternative theatre known for innovative and provocative world premieres and reinterpretations of classics. She is the author of the award-winning plays Berzerkergäng, NUThe Waves and The Frankenstein Project as well as the co-author of the musical The Snow Queen and an adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.  Brandt lectures in the Theater Departments at UC Santa Cruz and San Jose State University.  She is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Dramatists Guild of America. www.kirstenbrandt.com